The fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, 1925-1926 ; The reception of the new quantum mechanics, 1925-1926

Edited by Mehra, Jagdish; Edited by Rechenberg, Helmut

Quantum Theory, together with the principles of special and general relativity, constitute a scientific revolution that has profoundly influenced the way in which we think about the universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning. Drawing upon such materials as the resources of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics, the Niels Bohr Archives, and the archives and scientific correspondence of the principal quantum physicists, as well as Jagdish Mehra's personal discussions over many years with most of the architects of quantum theory, the authors have written a rigorous scientific history of quantum theory in a deeply human context. This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is science, history, and biography, all wrapped in the story of a great human enterprise. Its lessons will be an aid to those working in the sciences and humanities alike.

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  • I: The Fundamental Equations of Quantum Mechanics, 1925-1926.- I Paul Dirac's Intellectual Development.- I.1 Growing Up in Bristol.- I.2 The Education of an Electrical Engineer.- I.3 Studying Applied Mathematics.- I.4 The Fascination of Relativity Theory.- II Student in Cambridge.- II.1 The Cambridge Environment.- II.2 Quantum Theory in Cambridge.- II.3 Activities of a Student: Lectures, Seminars and Private Study.- III The Making of a Quantum Physicist.- III.1 First Steps in Research.- III.2 The Principle of Detailed Balancing.- III.3 An Extension of the Adiabatic Principle.- III.4 Growing Involvement in Quantum Physics.- IV The Reformulation of Dynamical Laws.- IV.1 Key to the Quantum Mystery.- IV.2 The Dynamical Significance of Noncommutativity.- IV.3 Steps towards a Quantum Algebra.- IV.4 The Hamiltonian Scheme of Quantum Mechanics.- V q-Numbers at Work.- V.1 On q- and c-Numbers.- V.2 The Introduction of Action-Angle Variables.- V.3 A Preliminary Investigation of Many-Electron Atoms.- V.4 Quantum Time and 'Relativity Quantum Mechanics'.- V.5 Towards New Horizons.- 2: The Reception of the New Quantum Mechanics, 1925-1926.- I A Welcome to the New Theory: Gottingen and Copenhagen.- II Propagation of Quantum Mechanics in Europe.- III Early Reviews and Lectures on Quantum Mechanics.- IV Enthusiastic Response in the United States.- V The Changing Horizon.- References.- Author Index.

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書名 The fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, 1925-1926 ; The reception of the new quantum mechanics, 1925-1926
著作者等 Mehra, Jagdish
Rechenberg, Helmut
書名別名 Reception of the new quantum mechanics, 1925-1926

Fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, 1925-1926
シリーズ名 The historical development of quantum theory
出版元 Springer-Verlag
刊行年月 c1982
版表示 1st ed. 1982. 1st softcover printing 2000
ページ数 viii, 322 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0387951784
NCID BA0118511X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国