August 30, 2021 to September 3, 2021
University of Innsbruck
Europe/Zurich timezone

【84】On the Path Formulating the Ising Model

Aug 31, 2021, 2:45 PM
Room F

Room F

Talk History and Philosophy of Physics History and Philosophy of Physics


Reinhard Folk


Ideas of Wilhelm Lenz 1921 and Walter Schottky 1922 how Coulomb energy might induce an interaction which orders the elementary magnetons made possible the formulation of a corresponding model by Ernst Ising 1925 but did not lead to a magnetic phase. Only the development of the new quantum mechanics allowed Pauli to formulated 1930 at the Solvay conference the Ising model as we know it nowadays. These parallel developments were made by physicists whose academic career crossed in the 1920's at the University of Hamburg the first democratic foundation of a German university

Supported by the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research Project No. UA 09/2020

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Reinhard Folk

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