Marginal Notes on Schrödinger

  • Wolfgang Yourgrau


Even the non-scientist among scholars is more or less acquainted with the fact that Erwin Schrödinger, who died in 1961, belongs to that galaxy of original thinkers in physics, which is distinguished by names like Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Born, Dirac, Pauli, and so forth. And the physicist learns during his study of quantum theory that Schrödinger is the founder of wave mechanics, and thus the creator of one of the most impressive physical edifices of modern theoretical physics. The various versions of the famous equation called after him have become permanent features in current physical theory. I do not think that wave mechanics will ever reach the exceptional, prominent status of general theory of relativity. Anyhow, it is not custom to compare the relevance of one physical theory with another. In other words, we usually refrain from ranking, as it were, the accomplishments of physicists whose contributions have not only affected the domain of physics, but changed our general conception of the universe.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Yourgrau
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverUSA

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