Heisenberg arrived in Leipzig in October 1927, the new head of its Institute for Theoretical Physics. Leipzig had grown outdated, as its aging professors were failing to keep up with the rapid pace of new developments in relativity and quantum mechanics. Heisenberg and his experimentalist counterpart, Peter Debye (who also headed the Institute for Physics, of which Heisenberg's was a subdivision), revitalized the school by virtue of their presence alone, attracting many new students who were attracted by the excitement of modern physics. Indeed, several of Heisenberg's courses set school enrollment records. Because of his young age and perpetually youthful lifestyle, Heisenberg got along well with his students, and even took them on trips similar to his youth movement excursions. In Leipzig he also fit effortlessly into the elite social circles, consisting largely of book publishers, university professors, judges, and attorneys–a
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