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Faust in Copenhagen

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Faust in Copenhagen

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Gino Segre
publisher:
Viking
genre:
Nonfiction, Science and Technology

We gave it a B

In 1932, some of the world’s leading physicists traveled to Copenhagen to talk about exciting developments in their rapidly evolving field. It was the annus mirabilis of modern physics and the fruit of these discussions — led by such luminaries as Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, and Walter Heisenberg — would change the world. But even as the lively debate took place, these bright minds were aware of the political clouds darkening the skies of Europe — forcing each to grapple with the impact of their discoveries. Gino Segre’s engaging Faust in Copenhagen is an unexpectedly poignant tale of inspiration and difficult choices. B