Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory [NOOK Book]

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Entertaining, rigorous introduction to the development of quantum theory traces the subject's history, from Max Planck's revolutionary discovery of quanta and Niels Bohr's model of the atom to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear research. Numerous line drawings. 1966 edition.
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Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

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Overview


Entertaining, rigorous introduction to the development of quantum theory traces the subject's history, from Max Planck's revolutionary discovery of quanta and Niels Bohr's model of the atom to anti-particles, mesons, and Enrico Fermi's nuclear research. Numerous line drawings. 1966 edition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486135168
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 846,974
  • File size: 13 MB
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Table of Contents

BIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
I M. PLANCK AND LIGHT QUANTA
Statistical Mechanics and Thermal Radiation
Max Planck and the Quantum of Energy
Light Quanta and the Photoelectric Effect
The Compton Effect
II N. BOHR AND QUANTUM ORBITS
Rutherford's Theory of the Nuclear Atom
Quantizing a Mechanical System
Sommerfeld's Elliptical Orbits
Bohr's Institute
III W. PAULI AND THE EXCLUSION PRINCIPLE
Quotas for Electron Levels
The Spinning Electron
Pauli and Nuclear Physics
The Neutrino
IV L. DE BROGLIE AND PILOT WAVES
Schrödinger's Wave Equation
Applying Wave Mechanics
V W. HEISENBERG AND THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE
Discarding Classical Linear Trajectories
VI P. A. M. DIRAC AND ANTI-PARTICLES
Unifying Relativity and Quantum Theory
Anti-Particle Physics
VII E. FERMI AND PARTICLE TRANSFORMATIONS
The Forces Behind ß-Transformation
Using Fermi Interaction Laws
Fermi's Research in Nuclear Reactions
VIII H. YUKAWA AND MESONS
IX MEN AT WORK
APPENDIX BLEGDAMSVEJ FAUST
INDEX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Thirty Years That Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

    A reprinted Dover edition of a lovely set of biographies of the physicists of the Golden Period, from the pen of George Gamow. The original 1966 edition has been out of print for a number of years. This 1985 edition is beautifully reproduced, and it includes fascinating pictures, sketches, and poems, done by Gamow himself. He was born in Odessa, in what was then Russia, --before the Soviet Union. The story of his escape to the West is straight out of a thriller. Only it is real! Later in the US, Gamow was referred to by a journalist,--- some time during the Cold War, as 'the only scientist in America with a real sense of humor'. With his lovely books, we have now all come to experience how Gamow can take the most technical stuff and make it simple. Fun too! The book:--Intellectual treats, whimsy, but deep. It contains penetrating and personal biographies of Niels Bohr, Paul Ehrenfest, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein, and recollections from the conferences in the 1930ties in Copenhagen, Brussels, and in the Solvay Institute. Illustrated with lovely drawings by Gamow himself. A book with pictures and conversations! Much of it can be understood by a child, and other parts might require a little concentration. All of it is great fun. The author Gamow started in nuclear physics, during the Golden Age of Physics, worked with Niels Bohr, then later in the US, on the Manhattan Project during WWII, and after the war, he was professor in Boulder Colorado. He has a building on campus named after him! The books he wrote are pearls, and they have been equally popular with my parent's generation as with mine. Luckely some have been reprinted! Other Gamow titles: Biography of Physics, Atomic Energy [dedicated to the hope of lasting peace], Physics of the Strapless Evning Gown,...We are lucky that Dover has reprinted some of them. Gamow's list of scientific accomplishments includes a 1948 landmark paper on the origin of chemical elements, the Big Bang model, and later work with F. Crick on DNA and genetic coding.-- Do more Gamow editions, Dover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    Thirty Years That Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

    A reprinted Dover edition of a lovely set of biographies of the physicists of the Golden Period, from the pen of George Gamow. The original 1966 edition has been out of print for a number of years. This 1985 edition is beautifully reproduced, and it includes fascinating pictures, sketches, and poems, done by Gamow himself. He was born in Odessa, in what was then Russia, --before the Soviet Union. The story of his escape to the West is straight out of a thriller. Only it is real! Later in the US, Gamow was referred to by a journalist,--- some time during the Cold War, as 'the only scientist in America with a real sense of humor'. With his lovely books, we have now all come to experience how Gamow can take the most technical stuff and make it simple. Fun too! The book:--Intellectual treats, whimsy, but deep. It contains penetrating and personal biographies of Niels Bohr, Paul Ehrenfest, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein, and recollections from the conferences in the 1930ties in Copenhagen, Brussels, and in the Solvay Institute. Illustrated with lovely drawings by Gamow himself. A book with pictures and conversations! Much of it can be understood by a child, and other parts might require a little concentration. All of it is great fun. The author Gamow started in nuclear physics, during the Golden Age of Physics, worked with Niels Bohr, then later in the US, on the Manhattan Project during WWII, and after the war, he was professor in Boulder Colorado. He has a building on campus named after him! The books he wrote are pearls, and they have been equally popular with my parent's generation as with mine. Luckely some have been reprinted! Other Gamow titles: Biography of Physics, Atomic Energy [dedicated to the hope of lasting peace], Physics of the Strapless Evning Gown,...We are lucky that Dover has reprinted some of them. Gamow's list of scientific accomplishments includes a 1948 landmark paper on the origin of chemical elements, the Big Bang model, and later work with F. Crick on DNA and genetic coding.-- Do more Gamow editions, Dover!

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