Quantum Theory

  • Hans A. Bethe

Abstract

Twentieth-century physics began with Planck’s postulate, in 1900, that electromagnetic radiation is not continuously absorbed or emitted, but comes in quanta of energy h v,where vis the frequency and hPlanck’s constant. Planck got to this postulate in a complicated way, starting from statistical mechanics. He derived from it his famous law of the spectral distribution of blackbody radiation.

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Nickel Mandel Erwin Orthohelium 

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