Article ID: CBB001451250

Writing the Biography of Hans Bethe: Contextual History and Paul Forman (2014)


Schweber, Silvan Sam (Author)

Physics in Perspective
Volume: 16, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 179-217

Some facets of the life of Hans Bethe after World War II are presented to illustrate how Paul Forman's works, and in particular his various theses---on mathematics and physics in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany, on physics in the immediate post-World War II period, and on postmodernity---have influenced my biography of Bethe. Some aspects of the history of post-World War II quantum field theory, of solid state/condensed matter physics, and of the development of neoliberalism---the commitment to the belief that the market knows best, to free trade, to enhanced privatization, and to a drastic reduction of the government's role in regulating the economy---are reviewed in order to make some observations regarding certain top-down views in solid state physics in postmodernity, the economic and cultural condition of many Western societies since the 1980s, the decade in which many historians assume modernity to have ended.

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Authors & Contributors
Bethe, Hans A.
Schweber, Silvan Sam
Fontes, Christopher J.
Bostock, Christopher J.
Bartschat, Klaus
Stuewer, Roger H.
Physics in Perspective
European Physical Journal H
Mitteilungen der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
World Scientific
de Gruyter
Arcade Publishing
Princeton University Press
Science Edition
Science and politics
Quantum mechanics
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Science and ethics
Bethe, Hans Albrecht
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Planck, Max
Heisenberg, Werner
Schrödinger, Erwin
United States
Great Britain
Munich (Germany)
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
19th century
Universität zu Köln. Institut für Genetik
Cornell University
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften

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