Description - Faust In Copenhagen by Gino Segre
In April 1932, about forty scientists attended Niels Bohr s Copenhagen Institute for their week-long once-a-year freewheeling physics conference. here was much talk that April about new findings, about their careers and about political events in their own countries, but the core of their discourse was physics. The neutron had been discovered two months before the meeting and the first experimentally induced nuclear transmutation had been achieved just the week before they gathered in Copenhagen. The era of nuclear physics, of nuclear power, of big science and of large-scale experiments had begun. The events of 1932 would change the direction of their research and of their lives. These discoveries also brought with them the first glimmerings of the nuclear weapons that would move physicists into the arena of international power struggles. aust in Copenhagen centres on the lives and careers of seven physicists. Six of them Niels Bohr, Paul Ehrenfest, Lise Meitner, Wolfang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg and Paul Dirac had been sitting in the front row at the Copenhagen meeting, and were already in the pantheon of physics greats. The seventh, Max Delbruck, was the author of a skit c
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Author Biography - Gino Segre
Gino Segr is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally renowned expert in high-energy elementary-particle theoretical physics and in astrophysics, Segr has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the John S. Guggenhein Foundation, the John D. Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the author of over 100 papers in his field as well as a popular book published in 2003, Einstein's Refrigerator - Tales of the Hot and Cold. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Bettina Hoerlin and their dog Kaya.