The Schrodinger equation, which was the subject of this meeting in Vienna from June 10 to 12, 1976, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. In 1926 the four famous “Mitteilungen” of Erwin Schrodinger were published in the Annalen der Physik, in which he deduced his new famous equation by means of analogy arguments between Hamilton’s theory and geometrical optics. Schrodinger also showed the equivalence of his wave mechanics with the then already known quantum mechanics of Heisenberg, Born and Jordan, and derived with it expressions for some of the important problems of this time, e. g. Zeeman effect, Stark effect etc, which previously were only treated by means of Niels Bohr’s correspondence principle. The great success of wave mechanics was that it allowed to solve problems with the help of methods already known from classical physics. The solution of the Schrodinger equation led to eigenvalue problems, as they were familiar to the theoretical physicist through the famous book of Courant-Hilbert.
KeywordsEigenvalue Problem Geometrical Optic Recursion Formula Classical Physic Schrodinger Equation
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