Book ID: CBB957245561

The Second Physicist: On the History of Theoretical Physics in Germany (2018)


Jungnickel, Christa (Author)
McCormmach, Russell (Author)


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 491
Language: English

This book explores the rise of theoretical physics in 19th century Germany. The authors show how the junior second physicist in German universities over time became the theoretical physicist, of equal standing to the experimental physicist. Gustav Kirchhoff, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Max Planck are among the great German theoretical physicists whose work and career are examined in this book.Physics was then the only natural science in which theoretical work developed into a major teaching and research specialty in its own right. Readers will discover how German physicists arrived at a well-defined field of theoretical physics with well understood and generally accepted goals and needs. The authors explain the nature of the work of theoretical physics with many examples, taking care always to locate the research within the workplace.The book is a revised and shortened version of Intellectual Mastery of Nature: Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein, a two-volume work by the same authors. This new edition represents a reformulation of the larger work. It retains what is most important in the original work, while including new material, sharpening discussions, and making the research more accessible to readers. It presents a thorough examination of a seminal era in physics.

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Authors & Contributors
Seth, Suman
Hoffmann, Dieter
Mulligan, Joseph F.
James, Frank A.J.L.
Schirrmacher, Arne
Frercks, Jan
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Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Jahrbuch für Europäische Wissenschaftskultur
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Journal of the History of Collections
Odile Jacob
Deutsches Museum
Princeton University
Discipline formation
Theoretical physics
Experiments and experimentation
Professions and professionalization
Philosophy of science
Planck, Max
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Kirchhoff, Gustav Robert
Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm von
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolph
Kundt, August
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
16th century
17th century
20th century
18th century
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Fitzwilliam Museum
Herzog August Bibliothek

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