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Six Nobel Lectures on Quantum Physics (The Story of Quantum Physics As Told Its Founders #2) by Shan Gao

Six Nobel Lectures on Quantum Physics (The Story of Quantum Physics As Told

Its Founders #2) by Shan Gao

Published April 19th 2012
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Kindle Edition
93 pages
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 About the Book 

This book comprises six selected Nobel Lectures given by Max Planck, Louis de Broglie, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, Wolfgang Pauli, and Richard Feynman. Each of these lectures is fascinating, basically comprehensible to laymen, and still of broad interest to todays readers. In particular, most lectures contain personal reminiscences and recollections, and describe the devious roads the great physicists walked during their discoveries. These contents may be the most intriguing part of the lectures for general readers. Besides telling a colorful, true history of quantum physics, this book may also help people to understand its meaning more deeply.Book Excerpt:After a few weeks of the most strenuous work of my life, the darkness lifted and an unexpected vista began to appear. — Max PlanckI was attracted to theoretical physics by the mystery enshrouding the structure of matter and the structure of radiations, a mystery which deepened as the strange quantum concept introduced by Planck in 1900… continued to encroach on the whole domain of physics. — Louis de BroglieAll of you are undoubtedly familiar with the so-called motes of dust in a light beam falling into a dark room. Fine blades of grass and spiders’ webs on the crest of a hill with the sun behind it, or the errant locks of hair of a man standing with the sun behind often light up mysteriously by diffracted light, and the visibility of smoke and mist is based on it. — Erwin SchrödingerThe matter concerns the borderland between physics and philosophy, and so my physics lecture will partake of both history and philosophy, for which I must crave your indulgence… Can we call something with which the concepts of position and motion cannot be associated in the usual way, a thing, or a particle? And if not, what is the reality which our theory has been invented to describe? — Max BornThe history of the discovery of the exclusion principle… goes back to my student’s days in Munich. While, in school in Vienna, I had already obtained some knowledge of classical physics and the then new Einstein relativity theory, it was at the University of Munich that I was introduced by Sommerfeld to the structure of the atom - somewhat strange from the point of view of classical physics. I was not spared the shock which every physicist, accustomed to the classical way of thinking, experienced when he came to know of Bohr’s basic postulate of quantum theory for the first time. — Wolfgang PauliThat was the beginning, and the idea seemed so obvious to me and so elegant that I fell deeply in love with it. And, like falling in love with a woman, it is only possible if you do not know much about her, so you cannot see her faults. The faults will become apparent later, but after the love is strong enough to hold you to her. So, I was held to this theory, in spite of all difficulties, by my youthful enthusiasm. — Richard Feynman