Love, Literature and the Quantum Atom: Niels Bohrs 1913 Trilogy Revisited

Hardcover | August 19, 2013

byFinn Aaserud, John L. Heilbron

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Niels Bohr ranks with Einstein among the physicists of the 20th century. He rose to this status through his invention of the quantum theory of the atom and his leadership in its defense and development. He also ranks with Einstein in his humanism and his sense of responsibility to his scienceand the society that enabled him to create it. Our book presents unpublished excerpts from extensive correspondence between Bohr and his immediate family, and uses it to describe and analyze the psychological and cultural background to his invention. The book also contains a reprinting of the threepapers of 1913 - the "Trilogy" - in which Bohr worked out the provisional basis of a quantum theory of the atom.

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Niels Bohr ranks with Einstein among the physicists of the 20th century. He rose to this status through his invention of the quantum theory of the atom and his leadership in its defense and development. He also ranks with Einstein in his humanism and his sense of responsibility to his scienceand the society that enabled him to create i...

Finn Aaserud is Director of the Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen. John L. Heilbron is Professor of History and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Honorary Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:August 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199680280

ISBN - 13:9780199680283

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Niels Bohr's Private Sphere - as revealed through unpublished family correspondenceFinn Aaserud: 1. Introduction2. Finding each other in Copenhagen3. Niels in Cambridge4. Niels in Manchester5. Beginning married life in Copenhagen6. ConclusionPart 2. Nascent Science - The scientific and psychological background to Bohr's TrilogyJ.L. Heilbron: 7. Necessary preliminaries8. Some physics around 19009. "Stupid electrons"10. Indictment of classical physics11. Odin the lawgiver12. The Trilogy13. Bolts from the bluePart 3. The Trilogy

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"Niels Bohrs trilogy of 1913 opened the door to whole new world of microscopic physics and the quantum theory of the atom, a world full of wonders and surprises. The authors of this volume tell a vivid and nuanced story of the emergence of this momentous event in the history of science.Drawing on unpublished family correspondence as well as on their formidable knowledge of the historical context they paint an insightful and tender but also highly informative picture of Niels Bohr in this decisive period of his career." --Tilman Sauer, California Institute of Technology 10/01/13