The Adventurous Life of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, by Edoardo Amaldi, Saverio Braccini, Antonio Ereditato, Paola

By Edoardo Amaldi, Saverio Braccini, Antonio Ereditato, Paola Scampoli

The physicist Friedrich Houtermans (1903-1966) was once an important promoter and proponent of the improvement of physics in Berne. He brought a few actions within the box of easy debris, with a distinct specialise in the physics of cosmic rays, and demanding contributions in utilized physics. This biography of Houtermans used to be written by way of Edoardo Amaldi and used to be nearly entire ahead of his unforeseen dying in 1989. The editors have in basic terms corrected typographical blunders and feature brought merely minimum textual content adjustments so that it will defend the unique content material. they also have amassed and integrated unpublished images and thoughts from Houtermans’ scholars and collaborators. The textual content is the results of an intensive and in depth examine on Houtermans’ existence and personality performed through Edoardo Amaldi. it truly is greater than a biography, because the determine of Houtermans is decided in a ancient viewpoint of Europe among the 2 international wars. This e-book may be of serious curiosity to historians and historians of technological know-how.

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E. directly from farmers, eggs, chicken or something else, to add to the small rations. The bachelors, among the foreign physicists lived all together in a single large apartment house. One of them in turn, almost every day, did not work, but went around looking for extra food for all of them. In practice only one satisfactory meal per day was possible for almost all grown-up people. This unsatisfactory food supply was mainly due to the failure of the ‘‘integral collectivization’’ of agriculture.

He was Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Birmingham (1937-63) and of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford (1963-74). In addition to many important papers on the theory of solids, nuclei, and fields, Peierls has published a few books: ‘‘Quantum theory of solids’’, (1955); ‘‘The laws of nature’’ (1955); ‘‘Surprises in theoretical physics’’ (1979). 2 (1978). His autobiographic book (‘‘Bird of Passage’’, Princeton University Press, 1985) is particularly interesting. Chapter 6 Life in Berlin After their marriage the Houtermans moved into an apartment across the road from the laboratory.

A few months after they had moved to Kharkov they were divorced, and she had gone to live in Moscow, where the Secret Police (NKWD1) get hold of her at the beginning of 1937. A few days later Konrad Weisselberg, who had married an Ukrainian girl, was arrested in Kharkov. He was sentenced to 10 years and later was found dead in his prison cell. The third to be arrested was Weissberg on 1st March 1937. He had tried to get Eva out of prison. As we shall see later, for a few years his adventures were not too dissimilar from those of Fissel.

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