Louisiana Lecture

Niels Bohr and the Copenhagen Spirit

  • Date
    Wednesday 24. January
  • Time
    Kl. 19:30
  • Place
    The Concert Hall
  • Price
    DKK 20 plus entry to the museum

"The Copenhagen Spirit" is a term used to describe the special fusion of science, life and creativity that arose around Niels Bohr and at his institute. Christian Joas, head of the Niels Bohr Archive, tells the story of how this spirit paved the way for a particularly creative and productive environment for scientific work.


PRICE: DKK 20. Please note that this reservation fee does not include entry to the museum

“Copenhagen”— few city names evoke stronger associations for people interested in the natural sciences. Niels Bohr’s Institute for Theoretical Physics opened its doors in 1921 and soon became a key context for atomic and nuclear physics. The theory of quantum mechanics, which remains the foundation of most physical theories to this day, was largely born in Copenhagen. The city also gave its name to the most prominent interpretation of the theory, the so-called “Copenhagen Interpretation.”

After Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922, physicists from all over the world flocked to his institute. They were attracted by a unique confluence of factors that the German physicist Werner Heisenberg once called “The Copenhagen Spirit.”

In this lecture Christian Joas – head of the Niels Bohr Archive and Associate Professor of History of 20th Century Science at The University of Copenhagen – will present a brief history of quantum physics in Copenhagen and explore the secrets of “The Copenhagen Spirit” that made Bohr’s institute a place where scientists’ lives and work came together in uniquely creative and highly productive ways.

Please note that the lecture will be held in English.

The story about the special environment at the NielS Bohr Institute is a theme in the museum’s current, acclaimed exhibition ‘The Irreplaceable Human’.

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