Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics

Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics

by Sandro Petruccioli, Ian McGilvray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521031885

ISBN-13: 9780521031882

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book gives a detailed study of the development and the interpretation given to Niels Bohr's Principle of Correspondence. Quantum mechanics, developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Bohr, Heisenberg, Born, Schrvdinger and Dirac, represents one of the most profound turning points in science this century. It required a wholly new kind of physics in which many of the

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This book gives a detailed study of the development and the interpretation given to Niels Bohr's Principle of Correspondence. Quantum mechanics, developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Bohr, Heisenberg, Born, Schrvdinger and Dirac, represents one of the most profound turning points in science this century. It required a wholly new kind of physics in which many of the principles representing reality, that formed the basis of classical physics, had to be abandoned. This book re-examines the birth of quantum mechanics, examining the development of crucial and original insights of Niels Bohr. Introduction; 1. The paradigm of complementarity; 2. Atomic model and quantum hypotheses; 3. The principle of correspondence; 4. The theory of virtual oscillators; 5. The conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics; 6. The Bohr-Einstein confrontation: phenomena and physical reality; General bibliography; Index of names.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521031882
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The paradigm of complementarity; 2. Atomic model and quantum hypotheses; 3. The principle of correspondence; 4. The theory of virtual oscillators; 5. The conceptual foundation of quantum mechanics; 6. The Bohr–Einstein confrontation: phenomena and physical reality; General bibliography; Name index; General index.

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