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Constructing Quantum Mechanics Volume 1: The Scaffold: 1900-1923


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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 08/2019

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Constructing Quantum Mechanics is the first of two volumes on the genesis of quantum mechanics. This volume traces the early contributions by Planck, Einstein, and Bohr, all showing the need for drastic changes to the physics of their day. It examines the efforts by Sommerfeld and others to develop a new theory, now known as the old quantum theory. After some striking successes, this theory ran into serious difficulties and ended up serving as the scaffold on which the arch of modern quantum mechanics was built. This volume breaks new ground, both in its treatment of the work of Sommerfeld and his associates, and by offering new perspectives on classic papers by Planck, Einstein, Bohr, and others. Paying close attention to both primary and secondary sources, Constructing Quantum Mechanics provides an in-depth analysis of the heroic struggle to come to terms with the wealth of mostly spectroscopic data that eventually gave us modern quantum mechanics.


1 - Introduction to Volume One
2 - Planck, the Second Law, and Black-Body Radiation
3 - Einstein, Equipartition, Fluctuations, and Quanta
4 - The Birth of the Bohr Model
5 - Guiding Principles
6 - Successes
7 - Failures
A - Classical Mechanics
B - Spectroscopy


Michel Janssen is a historian of modern physics at the University of Minnesota. He has a Master's in physics from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh. Before his current position in Minnesota, he was an editor at the Einstein Papers Project. He co-authored The Genesis of General Relativity (Springer, 2007) and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Einstein (Cambridge, 2014). More recently he has published a series of papers co-authored with Anthony Duncan on the genesis of quantum mechanics. Anthony Duncan received his PhD in theoretical elementary particle physics in 1975 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Steven Weinberg. Following postdoctoral and junior faculty positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Columbia University in New York, he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 as Associate Professor of Physics. He has taught a wide range of courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses on the history of modern physics. He is now (since 2015) professor emeritus of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 254 x 30.8 x 176 mm Ø 1140 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:69 illustrations
Pagine Arabe: 512

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