Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom: The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913-1925

Hardcover | May 10, 2012

byHelge Kragh

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Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom is the first book that focuses in detail on the birth and development of Bohr's atomic theory and gives a comprehensive picture of it. At the same time it offers new insight into Bohr's peculiar way of thinking, what Einstein once called his 'unique instinct andtact'. Contrary to most other accounts of the Bohr atom, the book presents it in a broader perspective which includes the reception among other scientists and the criticism launched against it by scientists of a more conservative inclination. Moreover, it discusses the theory as Bohr originallyconceived it, namely, as an ambitious theory covering the structure of atoms as well as molecules. By discussing the theory in its entirety it becomes possible to understand why it developed as it did and thereby to use it as an example of the dynamics of scientific theories.

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Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom is the first book that focuses in detail on the birth and development of Bohr's atomic theory and gives a comprehensive picture of it. At the same time it offers new insight into Bohr's peculiar way of thinking, what Einstein once called his 'unique instinct andtact'. Contrary to most other accounts of t...

After graduation from the University of Copenhagen in physics and chemistry, and a period as a high school teacher, Helge Kragh became Associate Professor at Cornell University, Departments of History and Physics. Later, he took positions as Curator at the Steno Museum for Science and Medicine and Professor of the History of Science a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.1 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654980

ISBN - 13:9780199654987

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Table of Contents

1. Atomic theory before 19132. On the constitution of atoms and molecules3. Reception and early developments4. The Bohr-Sommerfeld theory5. A magic wand6. Molecules and other failures7. A theory of the chemical elements8. The end of the Bohr atom9. Appendix: The philosophers' atom

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"Around the world, the Bohr model of the atom is visually synonymous with "science." Despite its universality, the Bohr atom has waited a hundred years for Kragh's thorough study. Usually exiled to introductory chapters in histories of quantum mechanics, this instantly recognizable model haslong needed a focused investigation. Kragh examines Bohr's atom on its own terms, not merely as a stepping-stone to later quantum theory. In this book we have a remarkable narrative of the genesis, application, reception, and use of one of the pivotal theories of modern physics." --Matthew Stanley, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University