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The Physical Tourist. Physics in Leipzig: An Amble through the Centuries (2008)


We provide a tour of Leipzig, one of the cultural centers of Germany that contributed a significant chapter in the history of physics. In the nineteenth century the city and University of Leipzig were home to one of the oldest physical institutes in Germany, and in the late 1920s the arrival of Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), Peter Debye (1884-1966), and Friedrich Hund (1896-1997) at the University's Physical Institute led to a flowering of physics in Leipzig that lasted until the outbreak of World War II. After the war a rebirth occurred under the leadership of Waldemar Ilberg (1901-1967), Gustav Hertz (1887-1975), and others.

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Authors & Contributors
Beyer, Lothar
Steinberg, Holger
Schlote, Karl-Heinz
Gadioli, Ettore
Dahn, Ryan
Wagner, Armin
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Foundations of Chemistry
Perspectives on Science
European Physical Journal H
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Beiträge zur Geschichte der Geophysik und Kosmischen Physik
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Leipziger Universitätsverlag GmbH
World War II
Universities and colleges
Science education and teaching
Science and war; science and the military
Heisenberg, Werner
Planck, Max
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Einstein, Albert
Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)
Rosenfeld, Léon
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
Leipzig (Germany)
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Universität Leipzig
Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Physik, Berlin

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