A New Biography
Fritz Zwicky, Astrophysiker
  • A readable, richly illustrated biography
  • Includes a scientific appreciation from today’s perspective
  • Audio CD (German edition only)

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The Swiss astrophysicist and rocket researcher Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974) was one of the 20th century’s pioneers and champions of new ideas in astronomy. He worked at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, and his achievements in research, discovery, invention, and morphology were outstanding. Astrophysicists consider him to be the father of «dark matter». He stipulated the existence of dark matter as early as 1933. Today, the search for dark matter is carried out worldwide. Using simple equipment for scanning the skies, Zwicky discovered 123 supernovae. He was also successful in the research of galaxies, and contributed greatly to rocket science. In 1957, under his charge, the Americans achieved the first shot of an artificial object into space. Zwicky was not an easy person to get along with. He remained true to his nature as a native of Glarus and as a mountaineer. On occasion, he was inclined to provocation. He refused to accept US citizenship. His ideas were unconventional and, time and again, brilliant. He created the «morphological box», a creativity method which is universally applied today. His life is exciting, full of surprises, and rich in anecdotes.

Alfred Stöckli, Roland Müller
Fritz Zwicky, Astrophysiker (German edition)
Genie mit Ecken und Kanten
with an epilog by Norbert Straumann and Gustav Andreas Tammann, ca 250 pages, ca 100 color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs
format 17x24cm, hardback, dust jacket, ca. Fr. 48.- / €[D]32.- / €[A] 32.95, ISBN 978-3-03823-458-6

Alfred Stöckli, Roland Müller
Fritz Zwicky (English edition)
An Extraordinary Astrophysicist
Translated by Ian Gordon, illustrated edition with 248 pages
Cambridge Scientific Publishers, Cambridge, 2011, ISBN 1904868789, 978-1-904868-78-1