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

Helge Kragh


The theory of atomic structure proposed by the young Danish physicist Niels Bohr in 1913 marked the true beginning of modern atomic and quantum physics. This is the first book that focuses in detail on the origin and development of this remarkable theory. It offers a comprehensive account of Bohr’s ideas and the way they were modified by other physicists. By following the development and applications of the theory, it brings new insight into Bohr’s peculiar way of thinking; what Einstein once called his ‘musicality’ and ‘unique instinct and tact’. Contrary to most other accounts of the Bohr at ... More

Keywords: atoms, molecules, quantum theory, Niels Bohr, quantum physics, quantum mechanics, Heisenberg, atomic structure, physicist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helge Kragh, author
Professor of the History of Science at Aarhus University, Denmark