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Crafting the quantum : Arnold Sommerfeld and the practice of theory, 1890-1926

Author: Suman Seth
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seth examines the practical origins of much of the research undertaken by Arnold Sommerfeld at the University of Munich, some of which addressed problems carried over from his years of teaching at an engineering school.
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Genre/Form: Quelle
Named Person: Arnold Sommerfeld; Arnold Sommerfeld; Arnold Sommerfeld; Arnold Sommerfeld; Arnoldo Sommerfeld; Arnold Sommerfeld
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Suman Seth
ISBN: 9780262013734 0262013738
OCLC Number: 396181482
Description: viii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The physics of problems : elements of the Sommerfeld style, 1890-1910 --
Pedagogical economies : the "Sommerfeld School" and the problems of teaching --
The kaiser's physicists : the Sommerfeld School goes to war --
The practice of principles : Planck, experiment, and the "thermodynamic method" --
The dynamical and the statistical : Sommerfeld, Planck, and the quantum hypothesis --
Prinzipienfuchser and Virtuosen : theoretical physics after World War I --
Crafting the quantum : Sommerfeld, Bohr, and the older quantum theory --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Responsibility: Suman Seth.

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An intellectual and cultural history of the birth of theoretical physics in Germany, focusing on the pedagogy and research of a leader in work on the "older" quantum theory.  Read more...

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