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Ard totalitarianism and war In April of that year about forty of the world’s leading physicists including Werner Heisenberg Lise Meitner and Paul Dirac came to Faust in PDFEPUB or Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen Institute for their annual informal meeting about the frontiers of physics Physicist Gino Segrè brings to life this historic gathering which ended with a humorous skit based on. Another chapter in the fascinating relationship between Bohr Heisenberg et al Segré centers his account on the legendary gathering of physicists at Bohr's Institute in 1932 the year before Hitler's rise to power would scatter their company across the globeThe social history is mildly entertaining and the development of uantum theory and its associated controversies is presented so that even a dilettante like me can follow it but the Faustian drama at its core is minimal The implicit morality tale feels a bit forced And for me every key turn of the story evokes Richard Rhode's magnum opus The Making of the Atom Bomb as well as Michael Frayn's play CopenhagenWhich of course is unfair to Segré but I suspect I'm not the only one who reads him in the shadow of those greater works

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Faust in Copenhagen A Struggle for the Soul of PhysicsGoethe’s Faust a skit that eerily foreshadowed events that would soon unfold Little did the scientists know the Faustian bargains they would face in the near future Capturing the interplay between the great scientists as well as the discoveries they discussed and debated Segrè evokes the moment when physics and in Copenhagen A PDFEPUB #190 the world was about to lose its innocence. The great physicist Neils Bohr used to invite all the great physicists to his home in Copenhagen every year to socialize laugh put on skits as well as share information and develop ideas together In Faust in Copenhagen Gino Segrè himself an accomplished physicist uses the 1932 gathering to explain the wild personalities involved Einstein Heisenberg Curie Bohr Pauli etc in the heady days of great discoveries in nuclear physics as well as putting the discoveries and their implications into historical context There wouldn't be another conference like this as world politics would soon separate them and ultimately lead to World War II It's not a long book but it is beautifully written often uite funny and surprisingly accessible It's also bittersweet at times as these brilliant minds can see the geopolitical trouble brewing and they know this golden era of physics was coming to an end I can't recommend this book enough