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The Historical and Physical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Robert Golub and Steve Lamoreaux

28 February 2023

ISBN: 9780198822196

768 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

Price: £45.00

Placing the development of quantum mechanics in its historical context, from its philosophical origins in Greece, to its scientific realisation in the 19th and 20th centuries, this textbook book culminates with an examination of the current state of the field and an introduction to quantum information and computing.

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Placing the development of quantum mechanics in its historical context, from its philosophical origins in Greece, to its scientific realisation in the 19th and 20th centuries, this textbook book culminates with an examination of the current state of the field and an introduction to quantum information and computing.

  • Didactic approach to the historical development of quantum mechanics
  • Overview of modern techniques and introduction to quantum computing
  • Draws on important primary historical resources

About the Author(s)

Robert Golub, Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University, and Steve Lamoreaux, Professor of Physics, Yale University

Robert Golub is a Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University.

Steve Lamoreaux is a Professor of Physics at Yale University.

Table of Contents

    PART I - BASIS OF THE THEORY
    1:Introduction
    2:Properties of the quantum world: indeterminacy, interference, superposition, entanglement
    3:The origin of quantum theory in the crisis of classical physics
    4:Further steps to quantum mechanics: the old quantum mechanics of Bohr and Sommerfeld
    5:Further steps to quantum mechanics: Louis de Broglie and the world's most important PhD thesis
    6:The invention of quantum mechanics - matrix mechanics
    7:Schrödinger and the development of wave mechanics
    8:Further developments of wave mechanics by Schrödinger
    9:Quantum statistics and the origin of wave mechanics
    10:Early attempts at interpretation of the theory
    11:The final synthesis of quantum mechanics: the 'transformation theory' and Dirac notation
    12:Dirac and Jordan commit 'sin squared': Second quantization and the beginning of quantum field theory
    13:The 'completion of quantum mechanics' - the fifth Solvay Conference on Physics, October 1927
    14:von Neumann’s mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics: Redux
    15:Einstein and Schrödinger renew the assault on quantum mechanics
    16:Weimar culture and quantum mechanics
    17:Further development of the interpretation of quantum theory
    PART II - APPLICATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
    18:Operator techniques and the algebraic solutions of problems
    19:Spin-1/2 and two-level systems
    20:Path integrals and scattering
    21:Introduction to quantum computing (with the assistance of Edward D. Davis)