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Schrödinger in Arosa

While he was professor for theoretical physics at the University of Zurich, the later Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger revolutionized physics. He achieved his breakthrough during the Christmas holidays in Arosa in 1925


The Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), then professor of theoretical physics at the UZH, spent a few days during the Christmas and New Year 1925/26 in Arosa. During this time, he achieved a breakthrough: for the first time, he formulated his so-called "wave equation", which revolutionized atomic physics as the "Schrödinger equation". In 1933 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in Physics for his achievements.

Erwin Schroedinger

Erwin Schrödinger (Picture: Universitätsarchiv Zürich)

Schrödinger's days in Arosa are depicted in the short film "Eros & Atome" (by Thomas Gull and Stephan Läuppi). Laura Baudis, professor of physics at the UZH, explains the significance of Schrödinger's pioneering theory for physics. The film is part of the exhibition "Erwin Schrödinger & Thomas Mann - Lebenswende in Arosa", which will be shown at the Heimatmuseum in Arosauntil April 2018.


Arosa, Villa Frisia
Erwin Schrödinger spent his christmas holidays at Villa Frisia (right) in Arosa.