AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 1, Spring 1998


Sommerfeld on the Internet

Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951), a pioneer of atomic physics and founder of one of the most important schools of 20th century theoretical physics, is the subject of an editing project of the University of Munich, located at the Deutsches Museum in Munich (see this Newsletter, spring 1997, p. 9). A selection of about 600 letters from Sommerfeld's scientific correspondence will be edited and published in two volumes. Part One, comprising the period 1891-1918, is almost ready and will appear around the end of this year. The second volume, containing letters from 1919-1951, will be published in 2001. Further material, drawn from the total of more than 5000 letters, will be presented as a third volume on CD-ROM.

The project will also provide online access to its growing database of Sommerfeld's correspondence, which already contains more than 3000 letters. The database may be searched according to persons, subjects, and chronologically. The internet address is: For further information contact the Sommerfeld editors, Michael Eckert and Karl Maerker, Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Postfach, D-80306 München, Germany; phone 49 89 2179-486, e-mail

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