Quantum Mechanics

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


The discovery of the quantum of energy in the early years of the twentieth century provided an explanation of the photoelectric effect and it enabled the success of Bohr’s quantum model of the atom. This model and the other successes of that time contributed to what is known as “quantum theory.”


Quantum Mechanic Uncertainty Relation Uncertainty Principle Electron Wave Probability Interpretation 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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