Peter G. O. Freund, University of Chicago
A Passion for Discovery
Physics Division Colloquium - 8 Febuary 2008

The human side of doing theoretical physics is explored through stories about the interactions between physicists and about the way the often malignant forces of history affect their behavior. These stories cluster nicely around certain bigger themes and create an overarching whole. This happens both on account of some interesting narrative structures intrinsic to the science of physics itself, and on account of the way physics integrates into the general culture. The stories concern Einstein, Schrödinger, Pauli, Heisenberg, Stueckelberg, Jordan and Fock and also involve some mathematicians like Emmy Noether, Teichmüller and Bers and even the psychologist C.G. Jung.

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