Pauli's Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 4, 2005 - Science - 211 pages
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There is hardly another principle in physics with wider scope of applicability and more far-reaching consequences than Pauli's exclusion principle. This book explores the principle's origin in the atomic spectroscopy of the early 1920s, its subsequent embedding into quantum mechanics, and later experimental validation with the development of quantum chromodynamics. Reconstruction of the crucial historic episode provides an excellent foil to reconsider Kuhn's view on incommensurability. The variety of themes skillfully interwoven will appeal to philosophers, historians, scientists and anyone interested in philosophy.
 

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Contents

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Michela Massimi is a Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge, affiliated to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

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