Einstein is enerally reputed as the reatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century This biography has convinced me that Bohr might have been the most influential Like Einstein Bohr helped pioneer uantum mechanics and like Einstein was awarded a Nobel prize for it In fact Bohr won the year after Einstein The two were matched intellectually In one of the celebrated moments in the rise of uantum mechanics they had a series of debates about the uncertainty principle at the Solvay conferences Bohr was able to refute Einstein s clever thought experiments in near real time at least once Einstein had a clever proposal that seemed to defy the uncertainty principle and Bohr was able to use Einstein s own General Relativity to refute him the
next dayUnlike Einstein Bohr had a dominant social influence on physics dayUnlike Einstein Bohr had a dominant social
on physics Copenhagen into the place for physics Just about everybody who was anybody in theoretical physics between 1925 and 1940 spent time at the Institute for Physics in Copenhagen He was an inspired administrator a wise entle and pleasant leader and a superb research advisor Just about everybody knew Bohr and he was a key node in the informal network that disseminated discoveries He knew or less everything that was This new paperback edition celebrates the centennial of the birth of one of the major theoretical physicists of our time It is an engrossing account of an exciting period in history and science as well as a Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning good introduction to nuclear physics for the nonscientistMoving from Bohr's firstreat contribution a description of what is essentially the .influence on physics
Was a reat deal that could have been covered and wasn t I might also have enjoyed a recent book Niels son Aage Bohr won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1975 after this biography was written I imagine a recent writer would have talked
the father relationship Having a child win a Nobel Prize is perhaps not uite as impressive as inventing uantum mechanics but it s a considerable achievement and it would be nice to hear about what Niels was like as aabout the father
Father What A FantasticWhat a fantastic Ruth Moore really has a talent for catching the mood This book wonderfully explores the life of Niels Bohr from a perspective that makes you feel like you knew him or at least it makes you feel like she knew him Niels Bohr was an amazing man He was the only person that beat Einstein in a ame of thinking and was the man that unlocked the power of the atom Whereas the characters that furnish this tail all crave the power of the bomb Bohr seemed to be the only person not blinded by its power I couldn t help thinking about Lord of the rings as I read this Books like this always show how much of a life it is possible to lead and show how a person in power can strive to use his power to benefit humankind Probably the best book I ve read this year. K to participate in the anti Nazi movement; and at war's end when he worked toward a vision of a world free from the dangers of
nuclear warRuth Moore is a science feature writer for the Chicago Sunday Times She is the author of several popularwarRuth Moore is a science feature writer for the Chicago Sunday Times She is the author of several popular books including Man Time and Fossils The Story of Evolution and Charles Darwin A Great Life in Bri.
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position to evaluate compare and synthesize This book is a eneral one volume biography ofto evaluate compare and synthesize This book is a eneral one volume biography of The author clearly approves of her subject but just about everybody in physics approved of Bohr The technical details are sufficient that I learned things but the particular emphasis is on Bohr s involvement in politics We hear a lot about Bohr s decision to stay in Denmark in the run up to the war and the occupation and his later decision to flee
To Sweden We HearSweden We hear his involvement in the Manhattan Project and his failed efforts towards international control over nuclear weapons My sense is that the author is much too deferential to these efforts In her telling Bohr was the wise sage Churchill an old reactionary and if only Roosevelt would have lived the Cold War might never have happened But the possibility of nuclear cooperation with the Russians is one where Churchill not Bohr was the expert The historical record available since this book was written seems to confirm the hawks here There was no possibility of a deal that Stalin would agree to that would have preserved the liberty of Western EuropeOverall I consider this a ood biography of a fascinating subject I would have enjoyed a longer book there. Odern picture of the atom in 1913 for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1922 the book covers his creation of one of
the most productive research institutes of the modern period It also describes his less well known political work before andmost productive research institutes of the modern period It also describes his less well known political work before and World War II when Bohr first helped colleagues escape from Italy and Germany and then returned to Denmar.