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The Development of Elementary Quantum Theory

  • Herbert Capellmann

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

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About this book

Introduction

This book traces the evolution of the ideas that eventually resulted in the elementary quantum theory in 1925/26. Further, it discusses the essential differences between the fundamental equations of Quantum Theory derived by Born and Jordan, logically comprising Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Optics, and the traditional view of the development of Quantum Mechanics. Drawing on original publications and letters written by the main protagonists of that time, it shows that Einstein’s contributions from 1905 to 1924 laid the essential foundations for the development of Quantum Theory. Einstein introduced quantization of the radiation field; Born added quantized mechanical behavior. In addition, Born recognized that Quantum Mechanics necessarily required Quantum Optics; his radical concept of truly discontinuous and statistical quantum transitions (“quantum leaps”) was directly based on Einstein’s physical concepts.

Keywords

Development of Quantum Mechanics Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Relation Wave Mechanics Matrix Mechanics Planck’s Quantum of Action Einstein Correspondence Founding fathers of Quantum Mechanics Evolution of Quantum Theory History of Quantum Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Herbert Capellmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut f. Theoretische PhysikRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-61884-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61883-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61884-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4564
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4572
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