Friday 8 April 2016, 1pm in MSG-025
Lecture on "Arnold Sommerfeld and the birth of atomic theory" by
Dr Michael Eckert (Deutsches Museum, Munich)
Organised by the Centre for Irish-Germany Studies and the Department of Physics and Energy, supported by INSPIRE
Dr Michael Eckert is the author of the first English biography on theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951). Sommerfeld is famous as a quantum theorist for the elaboration of the semi-classical atomic theory (Bohr-Sommerfeld model, Sommerfeld's fine-structure constant), he also left his mark in the history of mathematics, fluid mechanics, a number of physical subdisciplines and, in particular, as founder of a most productive "school" (Peter Debye, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe were his pupils, to name only the Nobel laureates among them). In his lecture Dr Eckert will also refer to the little known links Sommerfeld had with Ireland.
More on Arnold Sommerfeld - Science, Life and Turbulent Times 1868-1951 see http://www.springer.com/de/book/9781461474609