From Heisenberg to Supersymmetry

  1. Dr. Dietrich Papenfuß2,
  2. Professor Dr. Dieter Lüst3 and
  3. Professor Dr. Wolfgang P. Schleich4
  1. Mikhail A. Shifman

Published Online: 29 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch17

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

How to Cite

Shifman, M. A. (2002) From Heisenberg to Supersymmetry, in 100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact (eds D. Papenfuß, D. Lüst and W. P. Schleich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany

  2. 3

    Humboldt Universität, Institut für Physik, Germany

  3. 4

    Universität Ulm, Abteilung f. Quantenphysik, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany

Author Information

  1. Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Minnesota, 116 Church Str. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 27 AUG 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527403929

Online ISBN: 9783527610853



  • elementary particles theory;
  • Heisenberg;
  • supersymmetry;
  • laymen terms;
  • high-energy physics;
  • Dmitry Volkov;
  • one of the co-discoverers of supersymmetry


There is a little-known connection between Heisenberg's research in the 1960's and supersymmetry. First, I try to explain, in laymen terms, what supersymmetry is and why it gives rise to such high expectations in high-energy physics. After a brief excursion into origins of supersymmetry I present evidence that a section in an essentially forgotten Heisenberg's book, which contained unorthodox ideas, was inspirational for Dmitry Volkov, one of the co-discoverers of supersymmetry.