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The Obligation to Choose: Dualistic Woolf

Rachel Crossland

in Modernist Physics: Waves, Particles, and Relativities in the Writings of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198815976
eISBN:
9780191853494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815976.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 1 explores Woolf’s writings up to the end of 1925 in relation to scientific ideas on wave-particle duality, providing the ‘retrospect of Woolf’s earlier novels’ which Michael Whitworth has ... More


Never Certain

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The grain of nature is not infinitesimally fine. Neither momentum nor energy nor anything else in nature can be sliced so thinly as to fade away on a microscopic scale. Every transaction is processed ... More


Neutron Interferometry 2nd Edn: Lessons in Experimental Quantum Mechanics, Wave-Particle Duality, and Entanglement

Helmut Rauch and Samuel A. Werner

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198712510
eISBN:
9780191780813
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712510.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Quantum mechanics is a part of physics where experiment and theory are inseparably intertwined. This general theme permeates the 2nd edition of this book. It discusses more than 40 neutron ... More


What Is Light, Really?

Sönke Johnsen

in The Optics of Life: A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691139906
eISBN:
9781400840663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691139906.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This concluding chapter explains that the modern theory of light falls within the field of quantum mechanics. At first glance, quantum mechanics does not seem that strange—its name is based on the ... More


Post-war separation: Manchester and London

John Jenkin

in William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199235209
eISBN:
9780191715631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235209.003.00018
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Wartime Nobel Prizes were honoured in Sweden in 1920, but William declined because ‘several Germans are going’. Lawrence returned to Cambridge, met Alice Hopkinson, but was appointed to succeed ... More


‘Orlando the Man and Orlando the Woman’: Complementary Woolf

Rachel Crossland

in Modernist Physics: Waves, Particles, and Relativities in the Writings of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198815976
eISBN:
9780191853494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815976.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 2 looks at Woolf’s writings from 1926 onwards in relation to both Louis de Broglie’s work on the wave-particle duality of radiation and matter and, more significantly, Niels Bohr’s ... More


De Broglie’s Derivation of λ‎ = h/p: Wave–Particle Duality

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/9780198827856.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Whatever was going to replace classical physics in the description of radiation and atomic phenomena had to confront the difficult task of somehow reconciling the wave-like and particle-like aspects ... More


The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

Christopher C. Gerry and Kimberley M. Bruno

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666560
eISBN:
9780191748646
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666560.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past thirty years or so, this book presents a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy ... More


Basic Quantum Mechanics

Stephen C. Rand

in Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199574872
eISBN:
9780191722219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574872.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Chapter 2 begins with a discussion of the de Broglie wave concept that is the foundation of quantum mechanics. The idea that particles can exhibit wave‐like behavior is an important part of the ... More


Schrödinger’s Derivation of the Wave Equation: Quantization as an Eigenvalue Problem

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/9780198827856.003.0006
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Bohr’s theory of the atom was in trouble as soon as it was formulated. Further detailed spectroscopy studies encouraged a proliferation of quantum numbers and ‘selection rules’ in what became known ... More


Basic Quantum Mechanics

Stephen C. Rand

in Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198757450
eISBN:
9780191817830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757450.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Chapter 2 begins with a discussion of the de Broglie wave concept that is the foundation of quantum mechanics. The idea that particles can exhibit wave-like behavior is an important part of the ... More


Superposition

William J. Mullin

in Quantum Weirdness

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198795131
eISBN:
9780191836480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795131.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

A quantum wave function can be a superposition of multiple waves. A double-well potential has a wave function with elements in each well. The lowest energy state has a symmetric wave function, and ... More


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