Haphazard Reality: Half a Century of Science

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Casimir, himself a famous physician, studied and worked with three great physicists of the twentieth century: Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli and Paul Ehrenfest. In his autobiography, the brilliant theoretician lets the reader witness the revolution that led to quantum physics, whose influence on modern society turned out to be many times larger than the first atomic physicists could have imagined. Through his involvement in the technical-scientific and the business aspects of physics, through management positions at Philips Research Laboratory and as a member of the Board of Directors of Philips, Professor Casimir is the ideal person to place half a century of developments in physics within the context of important events in the world.

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Hendrik Brugt Gerhard Casimir (1909-2000) was a Dutch physicist who became well-known for his important model for superconductivity (with Cor Gorter, 1934), the Casimir effect (with Dirk Polder, 1948) and the Casimir-operator in quantum mechanics.

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Deze autobiografie van Casimir, fysicus van internationale faam, laat de lezer getuige zijn van de revolutionaire ontwikkelingen die leidden tot de kwantumfysica.

Prof. dr. H.B.G. Casimir, fysicus van internationale faam, studeerde en werkte met drie grote figuren van de twintigsteeeuwse natuurkunde: Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli en Paul Ehrenfest. Casimir, zelf een briljant theoreticus, laat in zijn autobiografie de lezer getuige zijn van de revolutionaire ontwikkelingen die leidden tot de kwantumfysica. De invloed en effecten daarvan op onze moderne samenleving zijn vele malen groter dan de eerste atoomfysici konden vermoeden.

- Hendrik Brugt Gerhard Casimir (1909-2000) was een Nederlandse theoretisch natuurkundige die grote bekendheid verwierf vanwege zijn model voor supergeleiding (met Cor Gorter, 1934), het Casimir-effect (met Dirk Polder, 1948) en de Casimir-operator in de kwantummechanica. Ook was hij een invloedrijk bestuurder van Philips.

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