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Science Networks. Historical Studies

Physics and National Socialism

An Anthology of Primary Sources

Editors: Hentschel, Klaus (Ed.)

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1 Aim and General Description of the Anthology The purpose of this anthology is to introduce the English speaking public to the wide spectrum of texts authored predominently by physicists portraying the ac­ tual and perceived role of physics in the Nazi state. Up to now no broad and well­ balanced documentation of German physics during this time has been available in English, despite the significant role physics has played both politically (e. g. , in weaponry planning) and ideologically (e. g. , in the controversy over the value of theoretical ('Jewish') vs. experimental ('Aryan') physics), and even though prominent figures like the scientist-philosopher and emigre Albert Einstein and the controversial nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg have become household names. This anthology will attempt to bridge this gap by presenting contempo­ rary documents and eye-witness accounts by the physicists themselves. Authors were chosen to represent the various political opinions and specialties within the physics community, omitting some of the more readily accessible texts by leading physicists (e. g. , Einstein, Heisenberg, Lenard) in favor of those by less well-known but nonetheless important figures (e. g. , Finkelnburg, Max Wien, Ramsauer). In this way we hope not only to circumvent the constricted 'Great Men' approach to history but also to offer a broader picture of the activities and conflicts within the field and the effects of the political forces exerted upon them.

Table of contents (121 chapters)

Table of contents (121 chapters)
  • Albert Einstein: My Reply. On the Anti-Relativity Theoretical Co., Ltd. [August 27, 1920]

    Pages 1-5

    Hentschel, Klaus

  • Max von Laue: Review of Johannes Stark’s ‘The Current Crisis in German Physics’ [January 12, 1923]

    Pages 6-7

    Hentschel, Klaus

  • Philipp Lenard & Johannes Stark: The Hitler Spirit and Science [May 8, 1924]

    Pages 7-10

    Hentschel, Klaus

  • Albert von Brunn: Review of ‘100 Authors against Einstein’ [March 13, 1931]

    Pages 10-16

    Hentschel, Klaus

  • Lise Meitner: Letter to Otto Hahn [March 21, 1933]

    Pages 17-18

    Hentschel, Klaus

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics and National Socialism
Book Subtitle
An Anthology of Primary Sources
Editors
  • Klaus Hentschel
Translated by
Hentschel, A.M.
Series Title
Science Networks. Historical Studies
Series Volume
18
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Verlag
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-9008-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-9008-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7643-5312-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-9865-2
Series ISSN
1421-6329
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
406
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