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The Second Physicist

On the History of Theoretical Physics in Germany

  • Christa Jungnickel
  • Russell McCormmach

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 1-50
  3. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 51-72
  4. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 73-112
  5. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 113-125
  6. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 137-151
  7. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 153-190
  8. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 191-204
  9. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 205-239
  10. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 241-255
  11. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 257-288
  12. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 289-314
  13. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 315-333
  14. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 335-347
  15. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 349-396
  16. Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    Pages 397-408
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 409-460

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the rise of theoretical physics in 19th century Germany. The authors show how the junior second physicist in German universities over time became the theoretical physicist, of equal standing to the experimental physicist. Gustav Kirchhoff, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Max Planck are among the great German theoretical physicists whose work and career are examined in this book.

Physics was then the only natural science in which theoretical work developed into a major teaching and research specialty in its own right. Readers will discover how German physicists arrived at a well-defined field of theoretical physics with well understood and generally accepted goals and needs. The authors explain the nature of the work of theoretical physics with many examples, taking care always to locate the research within the workplace.

The book is a revised and shortened version of Intellectual Mastery of Nature: Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein, a two-volume work by the same authors. This new edition represents a reformulation of the larger work. It retains what is most important in the original work, while including new material, sharpening discussions, and making the research more accessible to readers. It presents a thorough examination of a seminal era in physics.

Keywords

Theoretical physics Mathematical physics Classical physics German universities History of physics History of theoretical physics Nineteenth century physics Methods of theoretical physics Scientific specialization Georg Simon Ohm Carl Friedrich Gauss Wilhelm Weber Franz Neumann Gustav Kirchhoff Rudolf Clausius Hermann von Helmholtz Woldemar Voigt Ludwig Boltzmann Max Planck Albert Einstein

Authors and affiliations

  • Christa Jungnickel
    • 1
  • Russell McCormmach
    • 2
  1. 1.EugeneUSA
  2. 2.EugeneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49565-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49564-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49565-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0064
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