Niels Bohr, Philanthropy, and the Rise of Nuclear Physics
By (author) Finn Aaserud
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Redirecting Science by Finn Aaserud
Book DescriptionAn important study for understanding the complex interconnections between basic science and its sources of economic support in the period between the two world wars. The focus of the study is on the Institute for Theoretical Physics (later renamed the Niels Bohr Institute) at Copenhagen University, and the role of its director, the eminent Danish physicist Niels Bohr, in the funding and administration of the Institute. Under Bohr's direction, the Copenhagen Institute was a central workplace in the development and formulation of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and later became an important centre for nuclear research in the 1930s. In his book, Dr Aaserud brings together the scholarship on the internal origins and development of nuclear physics in the 1930s with descriptions of the concurrent changes in private support for international basic science, particularly as represented by Rockefeller Foundation philanthropy. In the process, the book places the emergence of nuclear physics in a larger historical context.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521530675
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Finn Aaserud
Love, Literature and the Quantum Atom, Hardback (July 2013)
This book presents unpublished excerpts from extensive correspondence between Niels Bohr and his immediate family, and uses it to describe and analyze the psychological and cultural background to his invention of the quantum theory of the atom.
Popularization and People (1911-1962), Hardback (November 2006)
Niels Bohr is generally regarded as one of the most influential physicists of the twentieth century. This title documents Bohr as a person and his efforts to explain quantum physics and its implications to physicists and non-physicists alike. It contains Bohr's many writings about his predecessors, teachers and colleagues, family and friends.
Political Arena (1934-1961), Hardback (December 2004)» View all books by Finn Aaserud
Presents the story of the political dedication and social responsibility of one of the major scientists of the twentieth century. This book documents Niels Bohr's other social and political activities, such as his long-time presidency in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and his promotion of the peaceful uses of atomic energy.
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