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Hendrik Antoon Lorentz’s struggle with quantum theory

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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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I am much indebted to Jed Buchwald for his critical comments on an earlier version of this paper and to Henriette Schatz for valuable suggestions.

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Kox, A.J. Hendrik Antoon Lorentz’s struggle with quantum theory. Arch. Hist. Exact Sci. 67, 149–170 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00407-012-0107-8

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