CERN Library | Edoardo Amaldi presents "The adventurous life of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, physicist (1903-1966)" | 11 November

The physicist Friedrich Houtermans (1903-1966) was an important promoter and proponent of the development of physics in Berne. He introduced a number of activities in the field of elementary particles, with a special focus on the physics of cosmic rays, and made important contributions in applied physics.


This biography of Houtermans was written by Edoardo Amaldi and was almost finished just before his unexpected death in 1989. The editors have only corrected typographical errors and introduced minimal text changes in order to preserve the original content. Additionally they have collected and included previously unpublished pictures and memories from Houtermans’ students and collaborators. 

The text is the result of a thorough and intensive study of Houtermans’ life and character carried out by Edoardo Amaldi. It is more than a biography, since the figure of Houtermans is set in a historical period in Europe between the two world wars. This book will be of great interest to historians and historians of science.
The book will be presented by the editors, together with Ugo Amaldi.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at 4 p.m.
in the Main Auditorium

*Coffee will be served from 3.30 p.m.*

"The adventurous life of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, physicist (1903-1966)", by E. Amaldi, edited by S. Braccini, A. Ereditato and P. Scampoli, 2014, Springer, ISBN 9783642328541.