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Oral History Interview — Dr. Carl Friedrich Weizsäcker

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Interview with Dr. Carl Friedrich Weizsäcker
By Martin Harwit

February 15, 1984

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Carl Weizsäcker; February 15, 1984

ABSTRACT: Wartime uranium project, Kaiser Wilhelm Institut, Kurt Diebner, von Weizsäcker's and his father's attitude; Werner Heisenberg's political motives in the Hitler era. Niels Bohr and Heisenberg in Copenhagen, 1941. Origin of planetary system, the age of the sun. Physics and astronomy studies in Universität Göttingen and elsewhere (Heisenberg, Max Born, Hans Kienle, Ludwig Biermann). American contacts at and visits to Lick, Mt. Wilson, Yerkes Observatories (Gerard Kuiper) after the war. Charles P. Snow's Two Cultures. The 1957 Göttingen Manifesto. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Living Conditions of the Scientific-Technological World. Comments on 1955-1958 work Grundlagen der Quantentheorie und die Sogenannte Hypothese der Uralternativen. Hans Bethe's Nobel Prize; some thoughts on the future of astrophysics.