## The Quantum Physicists: And an Introduction to Their PhysicsAn absorbing narrative of the development of quantum physics and of the human endeavors of the scientists involved. |

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### Contents

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The Bohr Era and Beyond | 35 |

The New Mechanics | 71 |

An Emergency Exit | 110 |

The Formal Basis | 137 |

Beautiful Equations | 179 |

Afterword | 218 |

Notes and Comment | 221 |

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The Quantum Physicists: And an Introduction to Their Physics William H. Cropper Limited preview - 1970 |

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Page 18 - Autobiography, sadly remarked that "a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

Page 19 - It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.

Page 20 - If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.

Page 19 - I soon learned to scent out that which was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from everything else, from the multitude of things which clutter up the mind and divert it from the essential.

Page 3 - AS our mental eye penetrates into smaller and smaller distances and shorter and shorter times, we find nature behaving so entirely differently from what we observe in visible and palpable bodies of our surrounding that no model shaped after our large-scale experiences can ever be 'true.