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, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 81–125 | Cite as

Ehrenfest’s adiabatic theory and the old quantum theory, 1916–1918

  • Enric PérezEmail author
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Abstract

I discuss in detail the contents of the adiabatic hypothesis, formulated by Ehrenfest in 1916. I focus especially on the paper he published in 1916 and 1917 in three different journals. I briefly review its precedents and thoroughly analyze its reception until 1918, including Burgers’s developments and Bohr’s assimilation of them into his own theory. I show that until 1918 the adiabatic hypothesis did not play an important role in the development of quantum theory.

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Quantum Theory Periodic Motion Degenerate System Adiabatic Invariant Philosophical Magazine 
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Abbreviations

AHQP

Archive for history of quantum physics. For the catalogue, see KUHN et al. (1967)

EA

Ehrenfest archive. In the Rijksarchief voor de Geschiedenis van de Natuurwetenschappen en van Geneeskunde, Leiden. For the catalogue, see WHEATON (1977). I quote from the microfilm version included in the AHQP

HPE

Huisbibliotheek van Paul Ehrenfest. In the Institut Lorentz, Leiden

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