Quantum Theory in 1929: Recollections from the First Copenhagen Conference [1971c]

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 21)


Although in the historical perspective the first Copenhagen conference in 1929 rather marks the completion of a heroic period in the life of the Institute than the initiation of its activity fifty years ago, the celebration of the jubilee may be a fitting occasion for calling up recollections of an elating week when the Copenhagen spirit hovered over the troubled waters from which quantum theory had just emerged. The circumstances of this gathering loom large in my own memory: I was then a mere tiro, and the picture I have kept of the events has all the vividness of the first glimpse into a wonderful world: I have therefore no scruple to revive it, as a testimony of the mood in which a new generation was then taking the cue from the pioneers to carry on the unending quest. In fact. I have once before written down some of my impressions of this famous week under the title ‘My initiation’, which conveys this mood. It was a lighthearted. but truthful tale, which had the honour of publication in the 1945 issue of the Journal of Jocular Physics: I do not want the present account to be much more solemn, and I shall take the liberty of quoting occasionally from the previous one.


Railway Carriage Relativistic Quantum Theory Homopolar Bond Psychical Phenomenon Keplerian Ellipse 
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  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel

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