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Establishing Quantum Physics in Göttingen

David Hilbert, Max Born, and Peter Debye in Context, 1900-1926


Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Arne Schirrmacher
    Pages 95-106
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 107-120

About this book


Quantum mechanics – the grandiose theory that describes nature down to the submicroscopic level – was first formulated in Göttingen in 1925. How did this come about and why is it that Göttingen became the pre-eminent location for a revolution in physics? This book is the first to investigate the wide range of factors that were pivotal for quantum physics to be established in Göttingen. These include the process of generational change of physics professors, the hopes of mathematicians seeking new fields of research, and a new understanding of the interplay of experiment, theory and philosophy.


history of quantum mechanics David Hilbert Max Born Werner Heisenberg Peter Debye birth of quantum theory Göttingen university

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für GeschichtswissenschaftenHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

About the authors

After earning a PhD in theoretical physics, Arne Schirrmacher specialized in the history of science, in particular the history of modern physics, popular science and science museums. He was a researcher at the Deutsches Museum in Munich for many years and now works as a Heisenberg Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Establishing Quantum Physics in Göttingen
  • Book Subtitle David Hilbert, Max Born, and Peter Debye in Context, 1900-1926
  • Authors Arne Schirrmacher
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs History Science Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-22726-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22727-2
  • Series ISSN 2211-4564
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-4572
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 120
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
    Quantum Physics
    History of Science
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