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Unformatted text preview: No account of Bohr's achievements should neglect his role as a mentor. As head of the Copenhagen Institute, Bohr was a mentor for many young physicists. Many of these scientists went on to make discoveries whose significance proved no less than Bohr's own work, and Bohr was proud to have contributed. One of Bohr's favorite protégées was Wolfgang Pauli, fifteen years younger than Bohr but very willing to criticize him both jovially with his sharp wit and seriously with his brilliant scientific reasoning. Like many other theoretical physicists, Pauli was inept in the laboratory. Before he became famous for his exclusion principle, he was well known throughout Europe for the "Pauli effect"—it was joked that equipment broke down the moment he entered the lab. Once, when an apparatus in Goettingen blew up for no particular reason, it was determined that the explosion had coincided exactly with the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08