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Werner Heisenberg and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

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Werner Heisenberg, born in the dawn of the twentieth century became one

of its greatest physicists; he is also among its most controversial.

While still in his early twenties, he was among the handful of bright,

young men who created quantum mechanics, the basic physics of the atom,

and he became a leader of nuclear physics and elementary particle

research.   He is best known for his uncertainty principle, a component

of the so-called Copenhagen interpretation of the meaning, and uses of

quantum mechanics.

Through his successful life, he lived through two lost World Wars,

Soviet Revolution, military occupation, two republics, political unrest,

and Hitler’s Third Reich.   He was not a Nazi, and like most scientists

of his day he tried not to become involved in politics.   He played a

prominent role in German nuclear testing during the World War II era.

At age twenty-five he received a full professorship and won the Nobel

Prize in Physics in 1932 at the age of thirty-two.   He climbed quickly

to the top of his field beginning at the University of Munich when his

interest in theoretical physics was sparked

Heisenberg was born the son of August Heisenberg in W├╝rzburg, Germany

on December 5, 1901.   August Heisenberg was a professor of Greek at the

University of Munich. His grandfather was a middle-class craftsman who’s

hard work paid enough to afford a good education for August Heisenberg.

The successfulness of August Heisenberg allowed him to support his

family well.   The professorship at the University of Munich put them in

the upper middle-class elite, and was paid three times the salary of

skilled workers.

Through his life Werner Heisenberg was pestered with health problems.

At the age of five, he nearly died with a lung infection which helped

him get a little...


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