Hermann Haken: From the Laser to Synergetics

A Scientific Biography of the Early Years

Authors: Kröger, Bernd

  • Presents the early years of Hermann Haken, who is one of the "fathers" of Quantum-mechanical laser theory as well as the founder of Synergetics, the science of cooperation in multicomponent systems
  • Covers the development of Hermann Hakens thoughts during the first thirty-five years of his career
  • In-depth presentation of the scientific career of one of the last polymaths
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Hermann Haken (born 1927) is one of the “fathers” of the quantum-mechanical laser theory, formulated between 1962 and 1966, in strong competition with American researchers. Later on, he created Synergetics, the science of cooperation in multicomponent systems.

The book concentrates on the development of his scientific work during the first thirty-five years of his career.

In 1970 he and his doctoral student Robert Graham were able to show that the laser is an example of a nonlinear system far from thermal equilibrium that shows a phase-transition like behavior. Subsequently, this insight opened the way for the formulation of Synergetics.

Synergetics is able to explain, how very large systems show the phenomenon of self-organization that can be mathematically described by only very few order parameters. The results of Haken’s research were published in two seminal books Synergetics (1977) and Advanced Synergetics (1983).

After the year 1985 Haken concentrated his research on the macroscopic foundation of Synergetics. This led him towards the application of synergetic principles in medicine, cognitive research and, finally, in psychology.

A comprehensive bibliography of Hermann Haken’s publications (nearly 600 numbers) is included in the book.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kröger, Bernd

    Pages 1-7

  • Hermann Haken: Youth and University Education

    Kröger, Bernd

    Pages 9-16

  • The Erlangen Years: Solid State Physics 1950 - 1960

    Kröger, Bernd

    Pages 17-36

  • Appointment to the Theoretical Physics Chair at the Technical University Stuttgart

    Kröger, Bernd

    Pages 37-45

  • Hermann Haken and the “Stuttgart School” 1960 – 1970: Their Contribution to the Development of Laser Theory

    Kröger, Bernd

    Pages 47-99

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-35628-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hermann Haken: From the Laser to Synergetics
Book Subtitle
A Scientific Biography of the Early Years
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-11689-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11689-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-11688-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35628-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 317
Number of Illustrations and Tables
42 b/w illustrations
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