Erwin Schrödinger

Austrian physicist

1887   -   1961

country of citizenship: Austria, Germany, Ireland, Austria-Hungary, Nazi Germany
educated at: University of Vienna
occupation: physicist, theoretical physicist, academic, professor, non-fiction writer, mathematician, biologist
award received: Matteucci Medal, Max Planck Medal, Nobel Prize in Physics, Erwin Schrödinger Prize, Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Haitinger Prize, Prix Paul Doistau-Émile Blutet de l’Information Scientifique, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Austrian Decoration for Science and Art, City of Vienna Prize for science

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈɛɐ̯viːn ˈʃʁøːdɪŋɐ]; 12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961), sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics: he formulated the wave equation (stationary and time-dependent Schrödinger equation) and revealed the identity of his development of the formalism and matrix mechanics. Schrödinger proposed an original interpretation of the physical meaning of the wave function. In addition, he was the author of many works in various fields of physics: statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, physics of dielectrics, colour theory, electrodynamics, general relativity, and cosmology, and he made several attempts to construct a unified field theory. In his book What Is Life? Schrödinger addressed the problems of genetics, looking at the phenomenon of life from the point of view of physics. He paid great attention to the philosophical aspects of science, ancient and oriental philosophical concepts, ethics, and religion. He also wrote on philosophy and theoretical biology. He is also known for his "Schrödinger's cat" thought-experiment.
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What Is Life?

1944 non-fiction science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schrödinger

author: Erwin Schrödinger

1944

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