Article ID: CBB001252089

Einstein et “Zweistein” (2005)


Stachel, John J. (Author)

Revue de Synthèse
Volume: 126, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 353-365

As the sobriquet Zweistein suggests, within the theoretical physics community Wolfgang Pauli came to be regarded as second in eminence only to Albert Einstein. Over a period of thirty-five years, they interacted both intellectually and personally. This paper focuses on four interrelated topics of their discussions. 1) The theory of relativity: at the age of twenty, Pauli prepared the definitive survey of relativity, a survey which he revised near the end of his life and which remains invaluable to physicists and historians of physics. 2) Unified field theories: although initially sympathetic to Einstein's search for a unified theory of electromagnetism and gravitation, and having made important contributions to the subject, Pauli came to regard such efforts as fruitless. 3) Foundations of quantum mechanics: Pauli's negative evaluation of Einstein's program grew out of their sharply differing evaluations of the role that quantum mechanics would play in the future, development of theoretical physics. 4) Quantum gravity: Pauli recognized that, until the achievement of a successful reconciliation of quantum mechanics and general relativity --- an achievement that still eludes us --- Einstein's challenge to quantum mechanics could not be laid to rest.


Description Refers to Wolfgang Pauli and his extensive interaction with Einstein.

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Authors & Contributors
Bracco, Christian
Tobias Schütz
Schilling, Govert
Rocci, Alessio
D'Agostino, Salvo
Blum, Alexander
Physics in Perspective
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
European Physical Journal H
Pavia University Press
Fontaine Uitgevers
Yale University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Princeton University Press
Quantum mechanics
Theoretical physics
Einstein, Albert
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Klein, Oskar Benjamin
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
De Donder, Théophile
Rosenfeld, Léon
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
18th century
Turin (Italy)
United States
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Harvard University

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