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Published: 03 May 2012

416 Pages | 45 b/w line illustrations, 2 b/w halftones


ISBN: 9780199654987

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Chapter 1

Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom

The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913-1925

Helge Kragh

  • Presents for the first time a detailed and comprehensive study of the Bohr atom in all its aspects.
  • By investigating the entire life of the theory, from birth to death, it provides a unique example of theory dynamics that will interest both historians and philosophers.
  • Presents a broader picture of Bohr's atomic theory by taking into account the reception of the theory and the often critical voices of scientists of a conservative inclination.
  • Discusses the chemical aspects of the theory as an integral part of it, which is rarely done in other accounts.
  • Pays particular attention to the tests of Bohr's theory and the anomalies it faced, thereby giving a clearer picture of its decline and the crisis that led to quantum mechanics.

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