Quantum concepts in physics
an alternative approach to the understanding of quantum mechanics
Longair, Malcolm.
creator
text
bibliography
enk
2013
First Edition
monographic
eng
xviii, 443 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
"Written for advanced undergraduates, physicists, and historians and philosophers of physics, this book tells the story of the development of our understanding of quantum phenomena through the extraordinary years of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Rather than following the standard axiomatic approach, this book adopts a historical perspective, explaining clearly and authoritatively how pioneers such as Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli and Dirac developed the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and merged them into a coherent theory, and why the mathematical infrastructure of quantum mechanics has to be as complex as it is. The author creates a compelling narrative, providing a remarkable example of how physics and mathematics work in practice. The book encourages an enhanced appreciation of the interaction between mathematics, theory and experiment, helping the reader gain a deeper understanding of the development and content of quantum mechanics than any other text at this level"--
Machine generated contents note: Part I. The Discovery of Quanta: Physics and theoretical physics in 1895 -- Planck and black-body radiation -- Einstein and quanta, 1900-1911; Part II. The Old Quantum Theory -- The Bohr model of the hydrogen atom -- Sommerfield and Ehrenfest - generalising the Bohr model -- Einstein coefficients, Bohr's correspondence principle and the first selection rules -- Understanding atomic spectra - additional quantum numbers -- Bohr's model of the periodic table and the origin of spin -- The wave-particle duality; Part III. The Discovery of Quantum Mechanics -- The collapse of the old quantum theory and the seeds of its regeneration -- The Heisenberg breakthrough -- Matrix mechanics -- Dirac's quantum mechanics -- Schrödinger and wave mechanics -- Reconciling matrix and wave mechanics -- Spin and quantum statistics -- The interpretation of quantum mechanics -- The aftermath.
Malcolm Longair, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-431) .
Quantum theory
History
Teoría cuántica
QC173.98 .L66 2013
530.12 L8499q 2013
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