Between Bohr and Marx: Léon Rosenfeld in Physics and Ideology

Between Bohr and Marx: Léon Rosenfeld in Physics and Ideology

by Anja Skaar Jacobsen

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Between Bohr and Marx: Léon Rosenfeld in Physics and Ideology by Anja Skaar Jacobsen

Léon Rosenfeld (1904-1974) was a remarkable, many-sided physicist of exceptional erudition. He was at the center of modern physics and was well-known as Niels Bohr's close collaborator and spokesman. Besides he reflected deeply on the history and philosophy of science and its social role from a leftist perspective. As both actor and acute spectator of modern physics and as a polyglot cosmopolitan whose life crossed those of many important people in both the East and West, as well as by virtue of his close collaboration and friendship with Bohr, Rosenfeld was an important" figure in twentieth century physics. His biography illuminates the development, popularization, and reception of quantum physics and its interpretation in addition to the development of the political Left. The book draws extensively from previously untapped, unpublished sources in more than five languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814307819
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2011
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

List of Pictures xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Physicist of the Second Quantum Generation 11

Chapter 2 Rosenfeld in Copenhagen 49

Chapter 3 Physics, Philosophy, and Politics in the 1930s 95

Chapter 4 Surviving the War in Utrecht 153

Chapter 5 Cold War and Political Commitment 185

Chapter 6 Bohr's Cold Warrior 255

Epilogue 303

Bibliography 315

Index 343

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