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AuthorGrometstein, Alan A. author
TitleThe Roots of Things [electronic resource] : Topics in Quantum Mechanics / by Alan A. Grometstein
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1999
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4877-5
Descript XXXV, 576 p. online resource

SUMMARY

Grometstein explains modern physics with enthusiasm, wit and insight. As he presents the usual milestones in the history of modern physics, his central focus is the historical debate regarding the nature of light: is it a particle or is it a wave? This book will be read by generations of students in physical science who seek a well written discussion of these important issues. Grometstein includes material which is quite recent, thus making the present volume particularly useful


CONTENT

1 Themes -- Appendix DIR Paul Dirac -- 2 O Light Divine -- Appendix FOU Fourier Analysis -- Appendix FRE Frequency -- Appendix MEC Mechanism -- 3 The Young Experiment (1801) -- Appendix GED Gedanken Experiments -- 4 A Whiff of Ether (1887) -- Appendix ABE Aberration -- Appendix RIT Ritz Stars -- Appendix PDX Paradox and Antinomy -- 5 Prof. Planck Is Desperate (1901) -- Appendix PLA Max Planck -- Appendix STA Standing Waves -- 6 The Photoelectric Effect (1902) -- 7 Dr. Einsteinโ{128}{153}s Light Arrows (1905) -- 8 Young Revisited (1909) -- 9 The Nuclear Atom (1904-1912) -- Appendix SPH Spheres -- 10 Bohrโ{128}{153}s Atom (1913-1925) -- Appendix ACC Accelerated Charges -- 11 Comptonโ{128}{153}s Shift (1923) -- 12 A Princely Postulate (1924) -- Appendix ENE Energy of an Electron -- 13 Realism and Other Isms -- 14 Inventing the Wave Equation (1926) -- Appendix WEL Well-Behaved Waves -- Appendix CMP Completeness -- 15 Collapsing the Wave -- Appendix HEI Werner Heisenberg -- Appendix COM Commutativity -- 16 Copenhagen Takes Over (1925ยกยช?) -- Appendix BOH Niels Bohr -- 17 EPR (1935) and EPR-B -- Appendix LIT Lightcones -- Appendix PAU Wolfgang Pauli -- 18 Bellโ{128}{153}s Thunderbolt (1964) -- 19 The Toll of Bell -- Appendix SCH Schrรถdingerโ{128}{153}s Cat -- Appendix TIM Troublesome Time -- 20 Envoi -- References -- Name Index


Mathematics History Philosophy and science Applied mathematics Engineering mathematics Physics Elementary particles (Physics) Quantum field theory Mathematics Applications of Mathematics Elementary Particles Quantum Field Theory Theoretical Mathematical and Computational Physics History general Philosophy of Science



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