Archimedes

Practicing the Correspondence Principle in the Old Quantum Theory

A Transformation through Implementation

Autoren: Jähnert, Martin

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  • Presents a history of the correspondence principle from a new perspective
  • Argues for a new understanding of the history of the old quantum theory and the emergence of quantum mechanics
  • Offers new insights into the relation between the practice of theory and conceptual development in physics
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This book presents a history of the correspondence principle from a new perspective. The author provides a unique exploration of the relation between the practice of theory and conceptual development in physics. In the process, he argues for a new understanding of the history of the old quantum theory and the emergence of quantum mechanics.

The analysis looks at how the correspondence principle was disseminated and how the principle was applied as a research tool during the 1920s. It provides new insights into the interaction between theoretical tools and scientific problems and shows that the use of this theoretical tool changed the tool itself in a process of transformation through implementation. This process, the author claims, was responsible for the conceptual development of the correspondence principle.

This monograph connects to the vast literature in the history of science, which analyzed theoretical practices as based on tacit knowledge, skills, and calculation techniques. It contributes to the historical understanding of quantum physics and the emergence of quantum mechanics. Studying how physicists used a set of tools to solve problems, the author spells out the ‟skillful guessing” that went into the making of quantum theoretical arguments and argues that the integration and implementation of technical resources was a central driving force for the conceptual and theoretical transformation in the old quantum theory.

Über die Autor*innen

Martin Jähnert is a historian of science focused on conceptual developments in 19th- and 20th-century physics. As a fellow at the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge he is currently working on the history of photometry as practiced at lighthouses in the 19th century. He was part of the project History and Foundation of Quantum Physics at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science where he worked on the conceptual development of the old quantum theory, in particular of the correspondence principle and the interpretational debate on quantum mechanics in the 1920s.

Jähnert studied History and Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and completed his Ph.D. thesis Practicing the Correspondence Principle in the Old Quantum Theory at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Technische Universität Berlin. Currently he is a post-doc at the Berlin Center for the History Knowledge with the project “Photometry at the Lighthouse”.

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“This book provides an original contribution to the study of the history of quantum mechanics. … The monograph is carefully written and logically organised, it further provides valuable insights based on a rich historical documentation.” (Bassano Vacchini, zbMATH 1428.81004, 2020)

Inhaltsverzeichnis (8 Kapitel)

Inhaltsverzeichnis (8 Kapitel)

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Bibliografische Information

Bibliographic Information
Buchtitel
Practicing the Correspondence Principle in the Old Quantum Theory
Buchuntertitel
A Transformation through Implementation
Autoren
Titel der Buchreihe
Archimedes
Buchreihen Band
56
Copyright
2019
Verlag
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Inhaber
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13300-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13300-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13299-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-13302-3
Buchreihen ISSN
1385-0180
Auflage
1
Seitenzahl
XIII, 293
Anzahl der Bilder
21 schwarz-weiß Abbildungen
Themen