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Niels Bohr and Complementarity

An Introduction

Authors: Plotnitsky, Arkady

  • Contains a unique analysis of Bohr’s work in quantum field theory

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This book offers a discussion of Niels Bohr’s conception of “complementarity,” arguably his greatest contribution to physics and philosophy. By tracing Bohr’s work from his 1913 atomic theory to the introduction and then refinement of the idea of complementarity, and by explicating different meanings of “complementarity” in Bohr and the relationships between it and Bohr’s other concepts, the book aims to offer a contained and accessible, and yet sufficiently comprehensive account of Bohr’s work on complementarity and its significance.

About the authors

Arkady Plotnitsky is a professor of Theory and Cultural Studies at Purdue University, where he is also a director of the Theory and Cultural Studies Program, and a co-director of the Philosophy and Literature Program. He has published extensively on philosophy of physics and mathematics, continental philosophy, British and European Romanticism, Modernism, and the relationships among literature, philosophy, and science. His most recent books are Epistemology and Probability: Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking (2009), Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy (2006), and a co-edited (with Tilottama Rajan) collection of essays Idealism Without Absolute: Philosophy and Romantic Culture (2004).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • 1900–1962: From Planck to Bohr

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 1-15

  • 1913. “On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules”: Quantum Jumps and Epistemological Leaps

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 17-25

  • 1925. “Atomic Theory and Mechanics”: From the Old Quantum Theory to Heisenberg’s Quantum Mechanics

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 27-40

  • 1927. “The Quantum Postulate and the Recent Development of Atomic Theory” (The Como Lecture): Complementarity Versus Causality

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 41-57

  • 1929. “The Quantum of Action and the Description of Nature”: New Complementarities and a New Interpretation

    Plotnitsky, Arkady

    Pages 59-69

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Niels Bohr and Complementarity
Book Subtitle
An Introduction
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Physics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Arkady Plotnitsky
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4517-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4517-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4516-6
Series ISSN
2191-5423
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 199
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics