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A winner of the Nobel Prize, Werner Heisenberg was born in1901 in Wurzberg, Germany. He studied physics at the University of Munich and for his Ph.D. wrote a dissertation on turbulence in fluid streams. Interested in Niels Bohr's account of the planetary atom, Heisenberg studied under Max Born at the University of Gottingen and then, in1924, went to the Universitets Institut for Teoretisk Fysik in Copen- hagen, where he studied under Bohr. In1925 he published a paper, ` About the Quantum-theoretical Reinterpretation of Kinetic and Mechanical Relationships', in which he proposed a reinterpretation of the basic concepts of mechanics, and this was followed by the publication of his indeterminacy principle in
was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm I nstitute for Physics in Berlin. After the war he organized and became director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics at Gottingen, later moving with the institute, in1958, to Munich. As a public figure, he actively promoted the peaceful use of atomic power and, in1957, led other German scientists in opposing a move to equip the West German army with nuclear weapons. I n1970 he became Director Emeritus of the Max Planck I nstitute. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in1932 and received numerous other honours. He died in1976.
Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broad-caster, now based in South Australia. He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of London and has worked at the universities of London, Cambridge, Newcastle upon Tyne and Adelaide. He is currently Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, and he holds a Visiting Professorship at I mperial College in London. His research interests are in the field of black holes, cosmology and quantum gravity. Professor Davies is the author of more thantwenty books, including, in Penguin,Superforce,Other
He is the recipient of a Glaxo Science Writers' Fellowship, an Advance Australia Award and a Eureka prize for his contributions to Australian science, and in 1995 he won the prestigious Templeton Prize for his work on the deeper meaning of science.The Mind of God won the 1992 Eureka book prize and was also shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book
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