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Love, Literature, and the Quantum Atom: Niels Bohr’s 1913 Trilogy Revisited

Finn Aaserud and John L. Heilbron


Niels Bohr ranks with Einstein among the physicists of the 20th century. He rose to this status through his invention of the quantum theory of the atom and his leadership in its defense and development. He also ranks with Einstein in his humanism and his sense of responsibility to his science and the society that enabled him to create it. The book presents previously unpublished excerpts from extensive correspondence between Bohr and his immediate family and uses it to describe and analyze the psychological and cultural background to his development of quantum theory. The book also contains a ... More

Keywords: Niels Bohr, Margrethe Nørlund, quantum theory of the atom, psychology of invention, family history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Finn Aaserud, author
Director, Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark

John L. Heilbron, author
Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; Honorary Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford