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The prodigy of relativity theory

Charles P. Enz

in No Time to be Brief: A scientific biography of Wolfgang Pauli

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198564799
eISBN:
9780191713835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564799.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter begins with a discussion of Pauli’s Encyklopädie Article and his understanding of the theory of relativity. It then details his personal relationship with Hermann Weyl.


No Time to be Brief: A scientific biography of Wolfgang Pauli

Charles P. Enz

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198564799
eISBN:
9780191713835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564799.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book, the first biography on the life of the physicist Wolfgang Pauli, analyses his scientific work and describes the evolution of his thinking. Pauli spent 30 years as a professor at the ... More


A Theory of the Chemical Elements

Helge Kragh

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199654987
eISBN:
9780191741692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654987.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

In 1921 Bohr’s new institute for theoretical physics in Copenhagen was established. The same year he developed his ideas of atomic constitution into a theory of the periodic system, covering the ... More


Heisenberg’s Derivation of the Pauli Exclusion Principle: The Stability of Matter and the Periodic Table

Jim Baggott

in The Quantum Cookbook: Mathematical Recipes for the Foundations for Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198827856
eISBN:
9780191866579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827856.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Despite the success of Schrödinger’s description of the H-atom, it became apparent that the spectrum of the simplest multi-electron atom—helium—could not be so readily explained. And the spectra of ... More


Visualizability and Intelligibility: Insight Into the Quantum World

Henk W. de Regt

in Understanding Scientific Understanding

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190652913
eISBN:
9780190652944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190652913.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter investigates the relation between visualizability and intelligibility, by means of an in-depth study of the transition from classical physics to quantum physics in the first decades of ... More


Dirac’s Derivation of the Relativistic Wave Equation: Electron Spin and Antimatter

Jim Baggott

in The Quantum Cookbook: Mathematical Recipes for the Foundations for Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198827856
eISBN:
9780191866579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827856.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The problem of electron spin was in some way connected with special relativity. Dirac’s fascination with relativity and his already burgeoning reputation made the search for a fully relativistic form ... More


Dreams and Realities

Indira Chowdhury

in Growing the Tree of Science: Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199466900
eISBN:
9780199087211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466900.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

World War II and India gaining independence form the background to the creation of TIFR. This chapter demonstrates how these two events shaped the articulation of Bhabha’s vision for science. His ... More


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