Haphazard reality : half a century of science / Hendrik Casimir.

  • 1st ed.
  • New York : Harper & Row ©1983
Physical description
xii, 356 pages ; 24 cm.
  • 0060150289
  • 9780060150280
  • 006337031X
  • 9780063370319
  • 0060911042
  • 9780060911041
  • 8674831
  • "A Sloan Foundation book"--
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Family background and schooldays -- Development of physics -- Early years at Leiden -- Copenhagen -- Berlin, Zürich, and back to Leiden -- Low temperatures -- War times -- Holst and the Philips Research Laboratory -- Industry and science after the Second World War -- The science-technology spiral.
Related item
  • Online version:: Casimir, H.B.G. (Hendrik Brugt Gerhard), 1909-2000. Haphazard reality. 1st ed. New York : Harper & Row, ©1983
  • Autobiographies.
  • Autobiography
  • Bibliography
  • Biographies.
  • History.
  • text
  • English


  • Casimir, himself a famous physician, studied and worked with three great physicists of the twentieth century: Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli and Paul Ehrenfest. In his autobiography, the brilliant theoretician lets the reader witness the revolution that led to quantum physics, whose influence on modern society turned out to be many times larger than the first atomic physicists could have imagined. Through his involvement in the technical-scientific and the business aspects of physics, through management positions at Philips Research Laboratory and as a member of the Board of Directors of Philips, Professor Casimir is the ideal person to place half a century of developments in physics within the context of important events in the world.

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