The war had no small impact on Heisenberg's schooling: he attended the elite Maximilians-Gymnasium, of which his grandfather was rector. Many school resources were cut back and classes disrupted, but Heisenberg managed to advance far beyond his curriculum, at least in math and physics. After graduating with recognition as one of the top students in Bavaria, he attended Munich and, almost by default, ended up studying with Ernest Sommerfeld. Sommerfeld was not only a great mentor who truly supported his students, but he would lobby for Heisenberg throughout his career, naming him as his heir apparent (though Nazi opponents would thwart this plan). Under Sommerfeld, Heisenberg constructed his core model of the atom, which answered many of the current puzzles while also discarding cherished principles of quantum theory, including some of the work of Sommerfeld and Niels Bohr. The model
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