Article ID: CBB000641699

Planting in his Neighbor's Garden: David Hilbert and Early Göttingen Quantum Physics (2003)


David Hilbert (1862-1943) played an important role in establishing quantum physics in Göttingen. I analyze the ways in which his influence was decisive by comparison with Woldemar Voigt (1850-1919). Voigt was the leading Göttingen theoretical physicist before the arrival of Peter Debye (1884-1966), who was appointed to a new professorship in 1914 at Hilbert's instigation. I portray the Göttingen mathematicians, above all Hermann Minkowski (1864-1909) and David Hilbert, as planting the seeds for the blossoming of quantum physics under their student Max Born (1882-1970) in the 1920s. Keywords: Key words. David Hilbert; Woldemar Voigt; Hermann Minkowski; Peter Debye; Max Born; Göttingen; quantum physics; theoretical physics.

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Authors & Contributors
Hentschel, Klaus
Rammer, Gerhard
Pérez Canals, Enric
Rowe, David E.
Corry, Leo
Gray, Jeremy
Physics in Perspective
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Science in Context
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Kluwer Academic
American Mathematical Society
Aksant Academic Publishers
Princeton University Press
Abo Akademi (Finland)
Quantum mechanics
Mathematics and its relationship to science
Theoretical physics
Hilbert, David
Minkowski, Hermann
Debye, Peter Joseph William
Noether, Emmy
Weyl, Hermann
Von Neumann, John
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
Universität Göttingen
University of Chicago

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