Science: The Passionate Physicist

The Passionate Physicist Max Born was a physicists' physicist. As head of the University of Gottingen's prestigious Institute of Theoretical Physics in the pre-Nazi era, he was one of the pillars of the flourishing German scientific community. A brilliant teacher, he attracted many of the great names of the atomic era—Oppenheimer, Teller, Fermi—to Göttingen's lecture halls and laboratories. Equally communicative outside the university, he produced a flood of books and essays to unravel the complex new physics for an uncomprehending public. But Born, who died in Göttingen last week at the age of 87, is perhaps...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!