Volume 51, Number 4, July-August 2020
|Page(s)||27 - 29|
|Published online||30 September 2020|
A tribute to Loránd Eötvös
University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
The last decades of the 19th century Hungary came to flourish as an independent part of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy; 1867 was a crucial year, a year of ‘Ausgleich’, ‘Compromise’. József Eötvös, Hungary’s leading intellectual and Cabinet Minister, reorganized science. He sent his son to Heidelberg, where junior learned physics from i.a. Bunsen, Helmholtz and Kirchhoff. What more could a youngster wish for? Roland Eötvös returned home with a predilection for fundamental matters, most of all for the nature of gravity and its relation to inertia. Geophysics, Hungary’s pride, finally took centre stage.
© European Physical Society, EDP Sciences, 2020
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