Orthodox Portrayals of the Development of Quantum Mechanics, Comparison and Differences

  • Herbert CapellmannEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)


This chapter contains discussions of orthodox accounts of the development of Quantum Mechanics. The classical books by Max Jammer (1966) and B. L. van der Waerden (1967) represent the Copenhagen point of view; the multi-volume work of Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg (1982) is similar in general conclusion. The essential differences to the conclusions reached in the present account are illustrated.


Copenhagen view Virtual oscillators Virtual radiation Bohr-Kramers-Slater theory Classical dispersion theory Quantum vectors Observability criterion Basic law of quantum optics (Grundgesetz der Quantenoptik) Measuring process Quantum uncertainties Interference of waves Mutually exclusive notions “Intermediate kind of reality” Particle-wave duality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut f. Theoretische PhysikRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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