The Age of Innocence: Nuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars

ISBN : 9780198827870

Roger H. Stuewer
528 ページ
168 x 240 mm

This history of nuclear physics sets the experimental innovations and theoretical breakthroughs in the field in the period between the two world wars within the contexts of the lives and personalities of the physicists who made them; the physical and intellectual environments of the countries and institutions in which they worked; and the political upheavals after the Great War of 1914-18: the punitive postwar treaties, the runaway inflation in Germany and Austria, the Great Depression, and the intellectual migration of gifted physicists from Germany and later from Austria and Italy. The book is clearly written, richly illustrated, and can be understood by a general readership of scholars, teachers, students, and the public at large.


1 Cambridge and the Cavendish
2 European and Nuclear Disintegration
3 Vienna and the Institute for Radium Research
4 The Cambridge-Vienna Controversy
5 The Quantum-Mechanical Nucleus
6 Nuclear Electrons and Nuclear Structure
7 New Particles
8 New Machines
9 Nuclear Physicists at the Crosswroads
10 Exiles and Immigrants
11 Artificial Radioactivity
12 Bet Decay Redux, Slow Neutrons, Bohr and his Realm
13 New Theories of Nuclear Reactions
14 The Plague Spreads to Austria and Italy
15 The New World


Roger H. Stuewer received a double Ph.D. major in history of science and physics at the University of Wisconsin and founded the Program in History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota where he is Professor Emeritus. He has held appointments at Boston University and Harvard University, and has been visiting professor at the Universities of Munich, Vienna, Graz, and Amsterdam. He received the Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics in 2013 and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 2014. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.