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Photons pp 183-185 | Cite as

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  • Klaus HentschelEmail author
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Abstract

The six main mental models of light quanta are recapitulated: the corpuscular model, the singularity model, the binary model of photons, the wave packet, the semiclassical model and, finally, QED. My picture of the emergence and development of concepts as layered semantic accretion seems to me the most suitable model for these very long-term, multilayered processes involving a gradual formation of signification and shifting over time.

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  1. 1.Section for History of Science and Technology, History DepartmentUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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