Archive for History of Exact Sciences

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 149–170

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz’s struggle with quantum theory

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DOI: 10.1007/s00407-012-0107-8

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Kox, A.J. Arch. Hist. Exact Sci. (2013) 67: 149. doi:10.1007/s00407-012-0107-8


A historical overview is given of the contributions of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz in quantum theory. Although especially his early work is valuable, the main importance of Lorentz’s work lies in the conceptual clarifications he provided and in his critique of the foundations of quantum theory.

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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands