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The heroic age : the creation of quantum mechanics, 1925-1940

Author: Robert D Purrington
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a history of the crucial developmental years of quantum theory with an emphasis on the literature rather than an overview of this period focusing on personalities or personal stories of the scientists involved. This book instead focuses on how the theoretical discoveries came about, when and where they were published, and how they became accepted as part of the scientific canon"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Purrington
ISBN: 9780190655174 0190655178
OCLC Number: 1000297864
Description: xv, 403 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "Clouds on the horizon": nineteenth-century origins and the birth of the old quantum theory --
1913: the Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom --
Tyranny of data: atomic spectroscopy to 1925 --
Quantum theory adrift: World War I --
At the creation: matrix mechanics and the new quantum theory --
Schrödinger and wave mechanics --
The end of certainty: uncertainty and indeterminism --
Formalism: "transformation theory" --
Hilbert space and unitarity --
Intrinisc spin and the exclusion principle --
Angular momentum, symmetries, and conservation laws --
Scattering and reaction theory --
Relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum-field theory to 1940: the rise of particle physics --
Foundations and philosophy of quantum mechanics: interpretation and the measurement problem --
Nuclear theory: the first three decades --
Quantum theory and the birth of astrophysics --
Atomic and molecular physics --
Condensed matter: quantum solids and liquids --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Robert D. Purrington.

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Presents a detailed look at the period between 1925 and leading up to WWII, in which quantum theory was created and then quickly applied to nuclear, atomic, molecular, and solid state physics.  Read more...

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