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“Lachkabinett” und “großes Fest” der Physiker. Walter Grotrians “physikalischer Einakter” zu Max Plancks 80. Geburtstag (2010)


Funhouse and Big Celebration of the Physicists. Walter Grotrian's Physical One-Act Play for Max Planck's 80th Birthday. On the occasion of Max Planck's 80th birthday on April 23, 1938, a big celebration of the physicists (großes Fest der Physiker) was celebrated at the Harnack-House in Berlin. The festivities were organized by the German Physical Society. Part of the ceremony was a Physical One-act-play (Physikalischer Einakter) written by the Potsdam astrophysicist Walter Grotrian. The actors of the humorous play were chief protagonists in the development of quantum theory such as Debye, Sommerfeld and Heisenberg. In this essay we analyze Grotrian's drama against the background of both the festive event and the professional and social setting of the physicists. We argue that below the level of comedy a number of characteristic and normally unexpressed aspects of the epistemic culture of the German physics by the end of the nineteen-thirties is treated in the play.


Description “We analyze Grotrian's drama against the background of both the festive event [of the celebration of Planck's birthday] and the professional and social setting of the physicists.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Hoffmann, Dieter
Gearhart, Clayton A.
Brush, Stephen G.
Hentschel, Klaus
Büttner, Jochen
Renn, Jürgen
Physics in Perspective
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
American Journal of Physics
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Oxford University Press
C. H. Beck
Yale University Press
de Gruyter
Quantum mechanics
Societies; institutions; academies
Science and politics
Revolutions in science
National Socialism
Planck, Max
Einstein, Albert
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Maxwell, James Clerk
Hubble, Edwin Powell
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
Paris (France)
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)

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