• Wolfgang Finkelnburg


In this book the structure of matter is presented in a very broad sense. It deals with our knowledge of the structure of matter, its constituent elementary particles, their properties and reactions. It attempts to understand the immense number of observed phenomena of our physical world in a unified way, and this with as small a number as possible of elementary particles, of general basic laws, and of fundamental constants. This science of the “atomistic” structure of nuclei, atoms, molecules, and crystals, though it has its roots in the last century, is the result of our twentieth-century physics. The beginning of this century is highlighted by Planck’s discovery of the elementary quantum of action h and by the realization of its universal importance. This led to the development of quantum theory which provided the key to the understanding of all phenomena of atomic physics. A large percentage of all basic physics research of our century is in some way concerned with problems of the structure of matter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Finkelnburg
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  1. 1.University of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

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