Unformatted text preview: Following the publication of the quantum mechanics papers, Heisenberg became the most sought after theoretical physicist in Germany. Several key chairs had opened up due to deaths or retirement, but Heisenberg had already accepted an appointment at Copenhagen. Most of his colleagues urged him to take advantage of the opportunity to serve as Bohr's assistant, but his family pressured him to accept the professorship offered at Leipzig. Turning down an appointment offer usually meant damaging one's future chances, at least temporarily, but Heisenberg and his colleagues recognized that he would learn a lot more by working with Bohr. He decided to turn down Leipzig with the hope that he would continue to perform notable research and earn more offers in the future. The direct impetus for the uncertainty principle was a letter from Pauli. Max Born had The direct impetus for the uncertainty principle was a letter from Pauli....
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- Fall '08
- Heisenberg, Statistical Interpretation, quantum mechanics papers, velocity times mass, Pauli. Max Born