April 24, 2024

Oppenheimer: Who is Werner Heisenberg?

Published: 2023-07-25T16:21:21

Updated: 2023-07-25T16:21:29

There are many historical figures in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, but who exactly was Werner Heisenberg? Here’s everything we know.

Christopher Nolan’s three-hour epic biopic Oppenheimer was finally released after months of campaigning with Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

Nolan focused his latest film on the life and work of the famous physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the father of the atomic bomb.

Although there are many historical figures in the film — both politicians and scientists — fans are missing a certain character that Oppenheimer meets in his youth named Werner Heisenberg and who he was in real life. Here’s everything we know.

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Who was Werner Heisenberg in Oppenheimer?

Werner Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist and one of the main pioneers of the theory of quantum mechanics.

Heisenberg, together with his assistant, Pascual Jordan, “On Quantum Mechanics II” finished (“On Quantum Mechanics II”), known as the “three-man paper,” is known as the foundational document of new quantum mechanics.

Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933 and was then recruited to work for the Armaments Bureau on the problem of nuclear energy, such as the atomic bomb. Heisenberg eventually took a leading role in German nuclear research, which is now seen as controversial since it was being carried out by the Nazi Party.

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In the film, Oppenheimer can be seen idolizing Heisenberg and the two have a brief encounter before the start of World War II. When he realized that Heisenberg had led the Nazis in the creation of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer began to speed up the experiments conducted by the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.

However, Oppenheimer was not too concerned because Heisenberg’s team failed to produce a reactor or an atomic bomb. Some historians believe that Heisenberg was simply incompetent in his task while others have suggested that he deliberately delayed or sabotaged the effort.

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Either way, in the arms race against the Nazis and Heisenberg, Oppenheimer was the “winner,” which is a very loose term because he helped create the weapons that could destroy the world at the push of a button.

Oppenheimer is in cinemas now. You can check out our other coverage of the film below:

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