The elementary particle: Victim of an historical accident

  • T. H. Huxley
Part 1. Mass quantization: The search for the basis states
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 81)


Helium Atom Atomic Physic Historical Accident Fine Structure Split Quantum Concept 
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References for Chapter 1

  1. The quotation by T. H. Huxley at the beginning of Chapter 1 is taken from A. P. French, Principles of Modern Physics, Wiley, New York (t1958). Some of the historical comments in this chapter are taken from. the author's notes of a lecture “The Development of Concepts in the History of Quantum Theory” given by Werner Heisenberg at the University of California at Berkeley on May 2, 1973. For an interesting article about the early period of modern physics, see S. A. Goudsmit and G. E. Uhlenbeck, “It Might as well be Spin”, Physics Today, June 1976, pages 40-48. As a student at the University of Michigan, the present author was fortunate enough to have Professor Uhlenbeck as the lecturer for much of his graduate work in physics.Google Scholar
  2. The quotation by Andrew Weil at the end of the Introduction and Summary is taken from his book The Natural Mind, Houghton (1972).Google Scholar
  3. The quotation by Werner Heisenberg on the Frontispiece is taken from an article by Andre Mercier in Foundations of Physics, Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, Volume I, page 285 (1971). The quotation by Herbert Pietschmann on the Frontispiece is taken from his Inaugural Lecture as an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Physical Society, delivered in Budapest, May 31, 1976.Google Scholar

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