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Unformatted text preview: When Heisenberg returned to Germany in 1946, his goal was to rebuild the state of German physics. In doing so, he spent much of his energy not on research but on science policy. For example, he took an active role in the establishment of the Centre Europen pour la Recherche Nuclaire (CERN) in Geneva, with the hope that it would rival American facilities. Heisenberg was also appointed president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to lure foreign post-doctorates to Germany and thereby reestablish its international contacts. In 1958, he finally returned to Munich as director of the Max Planck Institute of Physics. Heisenberg's next and perhaps last major contribution to physics did not come until the late 1950s, when he began work with Pauli on a new unified field theory of elementary particles. However, just before publication, Pauli withdrew his support and criticized the particles....
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- Fall '08