Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Practice of Theory, 1890-1926

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$23.70
Publisher
MIT Press
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Pages
378
Dimensions
7.0 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780262013734
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About the Author

Suman Seth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.

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"This is a very impressive book, containing numerous new and innovative ideas and interpretations of the life and work of Arnold Sommerfeld and the school he led. A major contribution and a stirring history of some of the key players in quantum theory."--Andrew Warwick, Professor of History of Science, Imperial College, London
"Suman Seth has produced a fascinating study of intellectual styles and local scientific traditions. By a probing analysis of the work on the early quantum theory Seth is able to distinguish in an illuminating way between what he calls the physics of principles (developed by Planck) and the physics of problems (developed by Sommerfeld). This is not a superficial distinction between preferred methods of presentation but, as Seth demonstrates, one that goes to the technical heart of their work. This is not just a book that will be of interest to experts in the history of quantum theory. It calls into question the application of ideas such as that of a 'revolution' in physics and challenges the reader to see and explain analogous patterns elsewhere in science and engineering."--David Bloor, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology of Science, University of Edinburgh
"Suman Seth presents a refreshingly original interpretation of the work of Sommerfeld and his school that is sure to stimulate a much-needed re-evaluation of the route to quantum mechanics."--David C. Cassidy, Department of Chemistry, Hofstra University, author of "Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb"