Alumni

Christoph Lehner

Research Scholar (Jan 2004-Dec 2016)

PhD

Research Interests:

History and philosophy of modern physics.

Current Work:

History of analytic mechanics, quantum theory and statistical mechanics. History of the interpretation debates about quantum mechanics.

Curriculum Vitae:

2013 - 2016
DFG project: The Finale of Antiquity: The Analytic Turn of Classical Mechanics.
Member of the DFG Collaborative Research Group 644: Transformations of Antiquity.

2012 - 2015
German Israeli Foundation project: Probability in Classical and Quantum Mechanics

2006 - 2012 
Coordinator, project on history and foundations of quantum physics.

2003 - 2005
Scientific Advisor, Exhibit “Einstein, Engineer of the Universe.”  

2000 - 2003
Senior Research Fellow, Einstein Papers Project, California Institute of Technology. 

1998 - 2000
Senior Assistant Editor, Einstein Papers Project, Boston University. 

1997 - 1998
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington. 

1997 
Ph.D., Stanford University.

Projects

History and Foundations of Quantum Field Theory

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Albert Einstein—Chief Engineer of the Universe (Exhibition 2005)

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The Finale of Antiquity: The Analytic Turn of Mechanics between Traditional Models of Thought and Claims of Autonomy

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The Mathematization of Mechanics

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Selected Publications

Lehner, C., & Wendt, H. (2015). Mechanik in der Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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Janssen, M., & Lehner, C. (Eds.). (2014). The Cambridge companion to Einstein. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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Lehner, C. (2014). Einstein's realism and his critique of quantum mechanics. In M. Janssen, & C. Lehner (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Einstein (pp. 306-353). New York: Cambridge University Press.

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Katzir, S., Lehner, C., & Renn, J. (Eds.). (2013). Traditions and transformations in the history of Quantum Physics: HQ-3 Third International Conference on the History of Quantum Physics, Berlin, June 28 - July 2, 2010. Berlin: Edition Open Access.

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Lehner, C., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (Eds.). (2012). Einstein and the changing worldviews of physics. Boston [u.a.]: Birkhäuser.

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Lehner, C. (2011). Mathematical foundations and physical visions: Pascual Jordan and the field theory program. In K.-H. Schlote, & M. Schneider (Eds.), Mathematics meets physics: a contribution to their interaction in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century (pp. 271-293). Frankfurt am Main: Deutsch.

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Joas, C., & Lehner, C. (2009). The classical roots of wave mechanics: Schrödinger's transformations of the optical-mechanical analogy. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part B, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40(4), 338-351.

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Joas, C., Lehner, C., & Renn, J. (Eds.). (2008). HQ-1: Conference on the History of Quantum Physics (Vols. I & II). Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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Lehner, C. (2005). Einstein and the principle of general relativity, 1916-1921. In A. J. Kox, & J. Eisenstaedt (Eds.), The universe of general relativity (pp. 103-108). Boston [u.a.]: Birkhäuser.

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Lehner, C. (2010). O realismo de Einstein e sua crítica da Mecânica Quântica. In O. Freire Jr., O. Pessoa Jr., & J. L. Bromberg (Eds.), Teoria Quântica: estudos históricos e implicações culturais (pp. 181-228). Campina Grande: Editora da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba; Livraria da física.

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Freire, O., & Lehner, C. (2010). 'Dialectical materialism and modern physics,' an unpublished text by Max Born. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 64(2), 155-162.

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Lehner, C., Renn, J., & Schemmel, M. (Eds.). (2012). Einstein and the changing worldviews of physics. Boston [u.a.]: Birkhäuser.

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Events

A Century of General Relativity: 1—The Road to General Relativity and the Low-Water-Mark Period

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Dynamics of Umdeutung: From the Kronig-letter to Matrix Mechanics

HQ4. Fourth Conference on History of Quantum Physics. Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain)

http://ehutb.ehu.es/es/video/index/uuid/56b1d01103007.html
The quantum mechanics that no one remembers.

The Conceptual Development of Quantum Physics: Seven Pines Symposium XVII, Minnesota.

http://pitp.physics.ubc.ca/confs/7pines2013/index.html
The Prehistory of Entanglement, 1926–35.

New Directions in the Foundations of Physics, Washington, DC.

http://carnap.umd.edu/philphysics/newdirections11.html
The Resolution of the Particle-Wave Dualism: Pascual Jordan and the Quantum Field Theory Program.

HQ3. Third International Conference on the History of Quantum Physics. MPIWG, Berlin.

http://mediathek.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/mediathekPublic/versionEins/Conferences/HQ3/Christoph-Lehner.html
Klassiker und Revolutionäre. Probleme der modernen Physik in Originaltexten

FU Berlin

Geschichte der Quantentheorie

FU Berlin