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Constructing Quantum Mechanics: Volume 1: The Scaffold: 1900-1923

Anthony Duncan and Michel Janssen


This is the first of two volumes on the genesis of quantum mechanics. It covers the key developments in the period 1900–1923 that provided the scaffold on which the arch of modern quantum mechanics was built in the period 1923–1927 (covered in the second volume). After tracing the early contributions by Planck, Einstein, and Bohr to the theories of black‐body radiation, specific heats, and spectroscopy, all showing the need for drastic changes to the physics of their day, the book tackles the efforts by Sommerfeld and others to provide a new theory, now known as the old quantum theory. After s ... More

Keywords: History of quantum mechanics, the old quantum theory, quantization conditions, correspondence principle, adiabatic principle, spectroscopy, Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Sommerfeld

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198845478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198845478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Duncan, author
Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Michel Janssen, author
Professor, Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA