Max von Laue, 1879-1960

  title={Max von Laue, 1879-1960},
  author={Peter Paul Ewald},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={134 - 156}
  • P. Ewald
  • Published 1 July 1960
  • Physics
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
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