Google Doodle honours Max Born; German physicist and Nobel laureate known for path-breaking research in Quantum Physics

New Delhi , News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 December 2017, 10:49 AM
Google is celebrating 135 th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born (Source: Google)
Google is celebrating 135 th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born (Source: Google)

Google is celebrating 135 th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born with a doodle created by artist Kati Szilagyi. Born is seen holding a pen that resembles the symbol psi, which is a representation of the wave function of Physics.

Max Born was born on 11 December 1882 in Breslau, now Wrocław, Poland to a family of Jewish descent.

Known for ground breaking work in quantum mechanics and statistical interpretation of the wave function, Max Born won the Nobel Prize in 1954.

In 1918 Max met with Fritz Haver in Berlin  in a coincidence that led to the discussion on formation of ionic compound when a metal reacts with halogen. This is known as the Born-Haber cycle.

Max Born was inspired by Albert Einstein’s research on special relativity and latter began research on special relativity.  

Born was among the three nominees for Nobel prize in 1928 along with Heisenberg and Jordan by Albert Einstein.

In a famous letter written to Born in December 4, 1926, Einstein wrote, “Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one'. I, at any rate, am convinced that He is not playing at dice.”

This quotation is often paraphrased as 'God does not play dice'. 

First Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 10:34 AM
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