ISBN-10:
0262013738
ISBN-13:
9780262013734
Pub. Date:
03/05/2010
Publisher:
MIT Press
Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Practice of Theory, 1890-1926

Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Practice of Theory, 1890-1926

by Suman Seth, Jed Z. Buchwald

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ISBN-13: 9780262013734
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/05/2010
Series: Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Suman Seth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.


Jed Z. Buchwald is Director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology and Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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David Bloor

Suman Seth has produced a fascinating study of intellectual styles and local scientific traditions. By a probing analysis of the work on the early quantum theory Seth is able to distinguish in an illuminating way between what he calls the physics of principles (developed by Planck) and the physics of problems (developed by Sommerfeld). This is not a superficial distinction between preferred methods of presentation but, as Seth demonstrates, one that goes to the technical heart of their work. This is not just a book that will be of interest to experts in the history of quantum theory. It calls into question the application of ideas such as that of a 'revolution' in physics and challenges the reader to see and explain analogous patterns elsewhere in science and engineering.

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Suman Seth has produced a fascinating study of intellectual styles and local scientific traditions. By a probing analysis of the work on the early quantum theory Seth is able to distinguish in an illuminating way between what he calls the physics of principles (developed by Planck) and the physics of problems (developed by Sommerfeld). This is not a superficial distinction between preferred methods of presentation but, as Seth demonstrates, one that goes to the technical heart of their work. This is not just a book that will be of interest to experts in the history of quantum theory. It calls into question the application of ideas such as that of a 'revolution' in physics and challenges the reader to see and explain analogous patterns elsewhere in science and engineering.

David Bloor, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology of Science, University of Edinburgh

From the Publisher

Suman Seth has produced a fascinating study of intellectual styles and local scientific traditions. By a probing analysis of the work on the early quantum theory Seth is able to distinguish in an illuminating way between what he calls the physics of principles (developed by Planck) and the physics of problems (developed by Sommerfeld). This is not a superficial distinction between preferred methods of presentation but, as Seth demonstrates, one that goes to the technical heart of their work. This is not just a book that will be of interest to experts in the history of quantum theory. It calls into question the application of ideas such as that of a 'revolution' in physics and challenges the reader to see and explain analogous patterns elsewhere in science and engineering.

David Bloor, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology of Science, University of Edinburgh

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