Unformatted text preview: Werner Karl Heisenberg was born on December 5, 1901, in Würzburg, Germany. His father, August, was a professor of Greek philology, his mother, Annie, an intelligent and caring homemaker. In many ways, his family fit the typical bourgeois mold of the time, placing an emphasis on respectability and social grace–values that Heisenberg would soon begin to question. Also, at an early age, Heisenberg was encouraged to compete, especially with his brother, which instilled in him a drive to succeed that would characterize his entire career. The brothers were encouraged to compete even in music, and Heisenberg developed a lifelong passion for the piano, which often served as a calming influence. Heisenberg's formative years took place against the backdrop World War I, and in the beginning he may have been caught up in romanticizing warfare, though he would face...
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- Fall '08
- Heisenberg, Werner Karl Heisenberg