Werner Heisenberg 5 DEC 1901 - 1 FEB 1976

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    Werner Heisenberg's Life

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    Werner Heisenberg

  • Published the Uncertainty Principle

    In February 1927, Werner Heisenberg developed the Uncertainty Principle, a key piece of Quantum Theory. In the 1920s Quantum Theory detailed an atom as having electrons in fixed quantized orbits around a nucleus. Heisenberg objected to the current model and claimed the orbits couldn't be proven to exist. The uncertainty principle states that we cannot know both the position and speed of a particle, such as a photon or electron, with perfect accuracy.
  • Received Nobel Prize of Physics

    Werner Heisenberg's contribution's to Quantum Mechanics resulted in the discovery of allotropic forms of hydrogen, and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize of Physics. Hydrogen has two allotropes, atomic and diatomic hydrogen.
  • German Nuclear Weapons Program

    Werner Heisenberg was apart of the Second Uranverein, which was part of the German Nuclear Weapons Program. The Second Uranverein was formed the day World War II began. Heisenberg was one of the scientists racing to figure out how to make an atomic bomb, and had control over nuclear fission research. As a member of the Uranverein, Werner Heisenberg was arrested and incarcerated in England. Heisenberg's miscalculations enabled the U.S. to win the arms race and build the atomic bomb.
  • Post World War II

    On January 3rd, 1946, the detained scientists were released back to Germany. Werner Heisenberg became the director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics. Heisenberg wrote many books, and received many awards, and continued to dedicate his life to science.
  • Major Publications, and Youtube short

    The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory - 1931
    Philosophic Problems of Nuclear Science - 1966
    Physics and Beyond: Encounters and Conversations - 1971
    Philosophical problems of quantum physics - 1979
    Physik und Philosophie: Weltperspektiven - 1988 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SeddiqLGzk