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My Life: Recollections of a Nobel Laureate

ISBN 9781138976665
Published December 17, 2015 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

In this collection of informal reminiscences, first published in 1975, Max Born has written an extraordinarily vivid account of his life and work, originally intended for his family.

Ranging from his time at the University of Göttingen, where Born had his first real motivation for a professional career in science, to the period in Berlin as professor extraordinary, when he and his wife became close friends of Einstein, these anecdotes and memories chart the "heroic age of physics" from the perspective of one of its leading characters. In 1954 Born was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his fundamental contributions to the great discovery of that cadre of superlative scientific minds – quantum theory.

But his scientific research provides only one strand of this story. Born’s varied interests outside science led to many interesting experiences – some of historical importance insofar as they offer a glimpse into German society before and between the wars.

Table of Contents

Preface Gustav Born  The Scientific Work of Max Born Nevill Mott  Part 1: The Good Old Days  1. Childhood  2. Schooling – My Father’s Second Marriage  3. High School  4. My Father’s Death – Breslau University  5. Heidelberg and Zurich – The Neisser House  6. Student in Göttingen  7. Doctoral Thesis and Graduation  8. Military Service  9. Cambridge  10. Breslau – Second Military Service – Experimental Physics  11. Göttingen Again – ‘Habilitation’  12. Lecturer in Göttingen  13. Chicago – ‘El Bokarebo’ – Marriage  14. World War One  15. Professor Extra-Ordinarius in Berlin – the A.P.K.  16. End of the War – Revolution  17. Frankfurt am main  18. Professor Ordinarius in Göttingen  19. Quantum Mechanics  Part 2: Tempestuous Years  1. ‘The ‘Heroic Age’ of Theoretical Physics  2. The Approach of the Nazis  3. Arrivals of the Nazis  4. Selva, Val Gardena  5. Cambridge  6. Bangalore  7. Edinburgh, The Department of Applied Mathematics. Postscript Gustav Born

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