About the Author(s)
Prof Michel Janssen, Professor for History of Science, School of Physics and Astronomy, Unversity of Minnesota, and Prof Anthony Duncan, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
Michel Janssen studied physics and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He was an editor at the Einstein Papers Project before joining the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota as a historian of science in 2000. He has also been a regular visitor at the Max
Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. His research focuses on the genesis of relativity and quantum theory.
Anthony Duncan received his PhD in theoretical elementary particle physics in 1975 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Steven Weinberg. Following postdoctoral and junior faculty positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Columbia University in New York, he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 as Associate Professor of Physics. He has taught a wide range of courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses on the
history of modern physics. He is now (since 2015) Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh.
"Review from previous edition An excellent work which innovatively combines conceptual clarity with penetrating analysis of relevant theory." - Helge Kragh, Annals of Science
"Engineers and scientists from across the board will get a kick out of being able to read about the origins of their everyday toolkits - this is lucid historical reasoning about one of the great accomplishments of modern science. After seeing the author's track the launch of the old quantum theory, I'm looking forward to their account of full-blown quantum mechanics to come in volume 2!" - Peter Galison, Harvard University
"Clearly written, by highly competent authors, giving full reasoning and calculations for all important developments." - Olivier Darrigol, CNRS, France
"This will be a widely read book and used in many physics and history of physics courses at the undergraduate college-university level. It will be greeted most enthusiastically by scholars and teachers alike." - Roger H. Stuewer, University of Minnesota
"Indeed a very important and valuable contribution to the history of quantum mechanics." - Michael Eckert, Deutsches Museum, Muenchen
"What seemed a good piece of work at the start is magisterial. This is the book I have been waiting to see for a long time." - Steven N. Shore, University of Pisa
"This book will very likely become a new point of reference for everyone working on the history of quantum physics." - Christian Joas, Niels Bohr Archive