AUTHORPais, Abraham
TITLENiels Bohr's Times in Physics, Philosophy and Polity
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This book is a comprehensive biography of Nobel laureate Niels Bohr, who employed physicist Max Planck's quantum theory of electromagnetic radiation to explain atomic structure. Bohr contributed greatly to the new philosophical and mathematical descriptions of the structure of the atom and the nucleus. Author Abraham Pais “traces Bohr’s progress from his well-to-do origins in late 19th-century Denmark to his position at center stage in the world political scene, particularly during the Second World War and the development of atomic weapons” (book jacket). Pais also analyzes Bohr’s relationship with his mentor, Ernest Rutherford, and finally highlights Bohr’s efforts to end the atomic arms race after World War II.

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