Werner Heisenberg lived through two World Wars, in the losing country both times and on the decidedly morally objectionable side the second time. The questions will always surround his career: why did he remain in Germany, and why did he choose physics over ethics?The aftermath of World War I meant economic and political instability in Germany. Fear of communism left the nation in a state of paranoia. Rising inflation put all families in distress. Heisenberg himself was sent to a farm for one summer where he experienced hard labor for the first time. Political instability and general disillusionment also drove him to the youth movement, retreating along with many of Germany's young people. The activities of this youth movement taught Heisenberg to question tradition, a skill that would prove invaluable for his scientific career.
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