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The Creation of Quantum Mechanics and the Bohr-Pauli Dialogue.: HENDRY, John.

The Creation of Quantum Mechanics and the Bohr-Pauli Dialogue.


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ISBN 10: 902771648X / ISBN 13: 9789027716484
Published by D. Reidel, (1984)., Dkargonordrecht:, 1984
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First edition. Series: Studies in the History of Modern Science, vol. 14. 8vo. xi, 177 pp. Diagrams, notes, bibliography, index. Beige cloth. Fine. ISBN: 902771648X The development of quantum mechanics is interpreted, in this book, as a dynamic interaction between physical, methodological and epistemological considerations, emerging primarily as a dialogue between two profound physicist-philosophers, Niels Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli. It is shown that Heisenberg's matrix mechanics, the quantum-mechanical transformation theory, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Bohr's principle of complementarity all had their roots in this central dialogue, and that the ideas characteristic of the interpretation of quantum mechanics were also essential to its creation. The book makes considerable use both of unpublished source material and of the large amount of detailed research carried out by historical scholars over the past 15 years. â€" Publisher. Bookseller Inventory # S12576

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Title: The Creation of Quantum Mechanics and the ...

Publisher: D. Reidel, (1984)., Dkargonordrecht:

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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Many books have been written on the history of quantum mechanics. So far as I am aware, however, this is the first to incorporate the results of the large amount of detailed scholarly research completed by professional historians of physics over the past fifteen years. It is also, I believe, the first since Max Jammer's pioneering study of fifteen years ago to attempt a genuine 'history' as opposed to a mere technical report or popular or semi-popular account. My aims in making this attempt have been to satisfy the needs of historians of science and, more especially, to promote a serious interest in the history of science among phYSicists and physics students. Since the creation of quantum mechanics was inevitably a technical process conducted through the medium of technical language it has been impossible to avoid the introduction of a large amount of such language. Some acquaintance with quantum mechanics, corresponding to that obtained through an undergraduate physics course, has accordingly been assumed. I have tried to ensure, however, that such an acquaintance should be sufficient as well as necessary, and even someone with only the most basic grounding in physics should be able with judicious skip­ ping, to get through the book. The technical details are essential to the dialogue, but the plot proceeds and can, I hope, be understood on a non­ technical level.


`Hendry has written a good book, an important one that we can add to the list of recent publications on the history of quantum mechanics. ... Nevertheless, The Creation of Quantum Mechanics is a worthy contribution to the historical literature on twentieth-century physics.'
Annals of Science, 43 (1986)
`...Hendry's book is an important contribution to the literature on the history of twentieth-century physics. Not only is his account highly competent and well written, but it also incorporates most of the important scholarly research in this field of the past two decades. Hendry's attempt to obtain a greater insight into the philosophy of quantum theory of exploring its history will stimulate both historians and philosophers of science.'
ISI (1986)
`...recommend Hendry's thoughtful and carefully documented book. It is an ambitious and stimulating work which should interest any historian of modern physics. ... students specializing in the history of modern physics are well advised to study it carefully.'
The Modern Schoolman (November 1983)

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