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A Living Work of Art: The Life and Science of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz

A. J. Kox and H. F. Schatz


Hendrik Antoon Lorentz was one of the greatest physicists and mathematicians the Netherlands has ever known. Einstein called him “a living work of art, a perfect personality.” During his funeral in 1928, the entire Dutch nation mourned. The national telegraph service was suspended for three minutes and his passing was national and international front-page news. The cream of international science, an impressive list of dignitaries including the Prince Consort, and thousands of ordinary people turned out to see Lorentz being carried to his last resting place. This biography describes the life of ... More

Keywords: History of science, Lorentz, Einstein, Ehrenfest, Electron theory, Quantum theory, Relativity, Electrodynamics, Intellectual cooperation, World War One

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198870500
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198870500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. J. Kox, author
Pieter Zeeman Professor of History of Physics, Emeritus, University of Amsterdam

H. F. Schatz, author
Free-lance editor and translator