AUTHORMendelssohn, K.
TITLEThe World of Walther Nernst: The Rise and Fall of German Science 1864-1941
PUBLISHERUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
CITYPittsburgh, PA

This biography discusses the research and achievements of German scientist Walther Nernst and uses his life to trace the rise and fall of science in Germany. It focuses on Berlin as the epicenter of German science, and provides background from the rise of the Second Reich to 1941. The author asserts that Nernst was in the midst of the scientific revolution that swept through Germany and shook the principal foundations of physics. That phase in scientific thought resulted in notable contributions by Nernst and other German scientists, which profoundly affected history. As well as detailing a biography, the book tells the story of how science transformed Berlin over a period of seventy-five years.

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