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Sources of Quantum Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)

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Max Planck's famous lecture of 1900 expressed quantum theory in its essential form, but his statement was just the beginning. This volume features seventeen early papers that developed quantum theory into its modern form. These papers appeared from 1917 to 1926 and were written by the leading physicists of the early twentieth century.
The collection begins with Einstein's On the Quantum Theory of Radiation, an illuminating derivation of Planck's Law. Other important early papers by Ehrenfest, Bohr, Born, Van Vleck, Kuhn, and others prepared the way for the turning point in quantum mechanics. This crucial step is taken in Heisenberg's paper Quantum-Theoretical Re-Interpretation of Kinematic and Mechanical Relations. Additional papers by Born, Dirac, Pauli, and Jordan develop the theory in full. Eleven of these seventeen papers are reproduced unabridged; all are in English.
A 59-page historical introduction by the editor, Professor B. L. van der Waerden, provides connective commentary. Quoting from relevant correspondence, noting the thinking behind each discovery, and evaluating the extent of each individual's contribution, it re-creates the era's intellectual foment and excitement.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780486458922
ISBN-10: 048645892X
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2007
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Dover Books on Physics