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Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes By Sandro Petruccioli (Universita di Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes
by Sandro Petruccioli (Universita di Reggio Calabria, Italy)

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This book gives a detailed study of Niels Bohr's Principle of Correspondence. It examines the development of crucial and original insights of Bohr during the birth of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and 1930s.
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Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics by Sandro Petruccioli (Universita di Reggio Calabria, Italy)

This book gives a detailed study of the development and the interpretation given to Niels Bohr's Principle of Correspondence. It also describes the role that this principle played in guiding Bohr's research over the critical period from 1920 to 1927. Quantum mechanics, developed in the 1920s and 1930s by Bohr, Heisenberg, Born, Schroedinger and Dirac, represents one of the most profound turning points in science. This theory required a wholly new kind of physics in which many of the principles, concepts and models representing reality, that had formed the basis of classical physics since Galileo and Newton, had to be abandoned. This book re-examines the birth of quantum mechanics, in particular examining the development of crucial and original insights of Niels Bohr.

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Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes Reviews


"The essays...are well written and well translated. Each has extensive endnotes and biliographic references. ...the book will be useful for advanced undergraduates doing research in this field. Libraries with extensive collections in the history and philosophy of science should seriously consider this work." Choice
"...the text is enlightening on several points, and offers some original analysis." Dennie Dieks, Mathematical Reviews
"...provides a clear insight for physicists and historians of science into how the established wisdom about the quantum world came about...Fascinating stuff..." John Gribbin, New Scientist
"...well written and well translated...very useful name index and general index... will be useful for advanced undergraduates doing research in this field. Libraries with extensive collections in the history and philosophy of science should seriously consider this work." H.E. Wylen
"...the best overall treatment of the background to the doctrine of complementarity." Edward McKinnon, Isis

Table of Contents


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 foundation of quantum mechanics; 6. The Bohr-Einstein confrontation: phenomena and physical reality; General bibliography; Name index; General index.

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GOR009955066
Atoms, Metaphors and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics by Sandro Petruccioli (Universita di Reggio Calabria, Italy)
Sandro Petruccioli (Universita di Reggio Calabria, Italy)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2006-11-23
252
0521031885
9780521031882
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