Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - Science - 252 pages
This book gives a detailed study of the development and the interpretation given to Niels Bohr's Principle of Correspondence. Quantum mechanics, developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Bohr, Heisenberg, Born, Schrvdinger and Dirac, represents one of the most profound turning points in science this century. It required a wholly new kind of physics in which many of the principles representing reality, that formed the basis of classical physics, had to be abandoned. This book re-examines the birth of quantum mechanics, examining the development of crucial and original insights of Niels Bohr. Introduction; 1. The paradigm of complementarity; 2. Atomic model and quantum hypotheses; 3. The principle of correspondence; 4. The theory of virtual oscillators; 5. The conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics; 6. The Bohr-Einstein confrontation: phenomena and physical reality; General bibliography; Index of names.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The paradigm of complementarity
10
2 Atomic model and quantum hypotheses
36
3 The principle of correspondence
78
4 The theory of virtual oscillators
111
5 The conceptual foundation of quantummechanics
134
phenomena and physical reality
183
General bibliography
218
Name index
235
General index
238
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