Born: December 5th, 1901 in Würzberg, Germany
Dr. August Heisenberg and Annie Wecklein
Brother: Erwin Heisenberg
Werner attended the Maximilian School at Munich until 1920
He then studied physics at the University of Munich under Sommerfeld
During the winter of 1922-1923 Werner went to Göttingen to study physics under Max Born.
Eventually, Werner became Assistant to Max Born, and received the veina legendi.
At the young age of 26 Werner was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leipzig. It was then that he developed his uncertainty principle.
Werner is a theoretical physicist, so he conducted thought experiments and developed mathematical formulas. This includes the matrix mechanics formulation. He made contributions to nuclear physics and quantum theory. However, Werner is most well known for his uncertainty principle, which was asserted in 1926.
atom. The light source knocks the atom in an unpredictable way, and therefore the speed cannot be determined at the same time.
The Formula of the Uncertainty Principle
Δx = the uncertainty of the position
Δp = the uncertainty of the momentum
h = 6.62607004 × 10^-34
The more exact the position, the less exact the momentum, and vice versa.
Contributions to the Atomic Theory
Werner Heisenberg contributed greatly to the development of atomic theory through his uncertainty principle, and shaped our modern understanding of the atom. He reported that because an atom is such a microscopic amount of mass, that observing it with any kind of radiation will move the particle in a different direction or velocity. Additionally, Heisenberg's principle stated that the more certain an atom's position is, the less certain its momentum will be, and vice versa.
Werner Heisenberg died February 1st, 1976 in Munich, Germany. He widowed wife Elizabeth Schumacher and left his seven children fatherless.
Werner Heisenburg Fun Facts
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