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Werner Heisenberg and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Werner Heisenberg born in the dawn of the twentieth century became one of its greatest physicists he is also among its most controversial While still in his early twenties he was among the handful of bright young men who created quantum mechanics the basic physics of the atom and he became a leader of nuclear physics and elementary particle research He is best known for his uncertainty principle a component of the so-called Copenhagen interpretation of the meaning and uses of quantum mechanics Through his successful life he lived through two lost World Wars Soviet Revolution military occupation two republics political unrest and Hitlers Third Reich He was not a Nazi and like most scientists of his day he tried not to become involved in politics He played a prominent role in German nuclear testing during the World War II era At age twenty-five he received a full professorship and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1932 at the age of thirty-two He climbed quickly to the top of his field beginning at the University of Munich when his interest in theoretical physics was sparked Heisenberg was born the son of August Heisenberg in Wrzburg Germany on December 5 1901 August Heisenberg was a professor of Greek at the University of Munich His grandfather was a middle-class craftsman whos hard work paid enough to afford a good education for August Heisenberg The successfulness of August Heisenberg allowed him to support his family well The professorship at the University of Munich put them in the upper middle-class elite and was paid three times the salary of skilled workers Through his life Werner Heisenberg was pestered with health problems At the age of five he nearly died with a lung infection which helped him get a little preferential treatment from his parents During his early years Werner was in constant competition with his brother Erwin which caused friction
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