The Roots Of Things: Topics In Quantum Mechanics

Hardcover | May 31, 1999

byAlan A. Grometstein

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Grometstein explains modern physics with enthusiasm, wit and insight. As he presents the usual milestones in the history of modern physics, his central focus is the historical debate regarding the nature of light: is it a particle or is it a wave? This book will be read by generations of students in physical science who seek a well written discussion of these important issues. Grometstein includes material which is quite recent, thus making the present volume particularly useful.

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Grometstein explains modern physics with enthusiasm, wit and insight. As he presents the usual milestones in the history of modern physics, his central focus is the historical debate regarding the nature of light: is it a particle or is it a wave? This book will be read by generations of students in physical science who seek a well...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:611 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:May 31, 1999Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306459779

ISBN - 13:9780306459771

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Table of Contents

Conventions, Abbreviations, Symbols. 1. Themes. Appendix DIR: Paul Dirac. 2. O Light Divine. Appendix FOU: Fourier Analysis. Appendix FRE: Frequency. Appendix MEC: Mechanism. 3. The Young Experiment (1801) Appendix GED: Gedanken Experiments. 4. A Whiff of Ether (1887). Appendix ABE: Aberration. Appendix RIT: Ritz Stars. Appendix PDX: Paradox and Antinomy. 5. Prof. Planck is Desperate (1901). Appendix PLA: Max Planck. Appendix STA: Standing Waves. 6. The Photoelectric Effect (1902). 7. Dr. Einstein's Light Arrows (1905). 8. Young Revisited (1909). 9. The Nuclear Atom (1904-1912). Appendix SPH: Spheres. 10. Bohr's Atom (1903-1925). Appendix ACC: Accelerated Charges. 12. A Princely Postulate (1924). Appendix ENE: Energy of an Electron. 13. Realism and Other Isms. 14. Inventing the Wave Equation (1926). Appendix WEL: Well-Behaved Waves. Appendix CMP: Completeness. 15. Collapsing the Wave. Appendix HEI: Werner Heisenberg. Appendix COM: Commutativity. 16. Copenhagen Takes Over (1925-?). Appendix BOH: Niels Bohr. 17. EPR (1935) and EPR-B. Appendix LIT: Lightcones. Appendix PAU: Wolfgang Pauli. 18. Bell's Thunderbolt (1964). 19. The Toll of Bell. Appendix SCH: Schrödinger's Cat. Appendix TIM: Troublesome Time. 20. Envoi. References. Name Index. Subject Index.

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`A reader of this book is going to have fun. Rarely has good physics been presented in such a cheerful manner. Alan Grometstein explains modern physics with enthusiasm, wit, and insight.' Gerald Mahan, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory