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Schooling the Quantum Generations: Textbooks and Quantum Cultures from the 1910s to the 1930s (2019)


Ever since Thomas Kuhn's influential The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), textbooks have suffered a bad reputation. They have been accused of distorting—at times purportedly—history and of feeding students with an unacceptably simplified and optimistic view of science. This attitude started to change only in recent times. With the increase of attention paid not only to how theories are conceived, but also how they are practiced, disseminated, and appropriated, historians have rehabilitated textbooks as a legitimate site of knowledge production. In this paper, I adopt textbooks as an instrument to unfold multiple facets of the culture that allowed quantum physics to flourish between 1900 and the early 1930s. I organize the article around two stories about two major textbooks, i.e., Sommerfeld′s Atombau und Spektrallinien and Dirac′s Principles of Quantum Mechanics. I explore the complex pedagogical cultures underlying these two masterpieces and how they intersect local agendas.

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Article Christian Joas; Thiago Hartz (2019) Quantum Cultures: Historical Perspectives on the Practices of Quantum Physicists. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 281-289). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Seth, Suman
Niaz, Mansoor
Colbert, James
Niederhauser, Dale
Bonett, Douglas
Dölen, Emre
Science and Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Edition Open Access
Iowa State University
Oxford University Press
Springer International
Teaching; pedagogy
Science education and teaching
Quantum mechanics
History of science, as a discipline
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Ekinci, Salih Zeki
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Lange, Yuriy Valentynovych
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Paris (France)
Istanbul Darülfünunu
École des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

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