Werner Heisenberg

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Werner Heisenberg was born in Würzburg in 1901 and studied physics at the University of Munich before moving to Copenhagen to work with Niels Bohr who was studying sub-atomic structures. In 1925 he published his seminal paper "Uber quantumtheoretische Umdeutung kinematischer und mechanischer Beziehungen" ["About the Quantum-Theoretical Reinterpretation of Kinetic and Mechanical Relationships"] in which he developed the basic theoretical assumptions of what was to become known as "quantum mechanics". In essence this theory dispensed with the assumption that sub-atomic matter consisted of such things as electons spinning around nuclei like moons around a planet, and put in its place what the sub-atomic s…

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Editors. "Werner Heisenberg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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