Guest Lecture by Dr Michael Eckert (Deutsches Museum, Munich) "Arnold Sommerfeld and the birth of atomic theory"
Organised by the Centre for Irish-Germany Studies and the Department of Physics and Energy, supported by INSPIRE
on Friday 8 April 2016, 1pm in MSG-025 (MSSI extension)
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
All welcome to attend and find out more about one of the most influencing scientists of modern physics.