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The Historical Role of the Adiabatic Principle in Bohr's Quantum Theory (2016)


It is widely known that both the Correspondence Principle and the Adiabatic Principle were the two pillars of Bohr's quantum theory. However, the Correspondence Principle usually gets much more attention in historical accounts. A closer look at Bohr's quantum theory shows that, although the fate of the Adiabatic Principle was closely tied up with the validity of mechanics, it also played a significant role in the old quantum theory. In the early 1920s, when dealing with multielectron atoms, Bohr was forced to reshape the theory and thus to reconsider the relative relevance of the two principles. It is precisely the late preponderance of the Correspondence Principle which has, in perspective, biased the historical weight attributed to each of them.

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Authors & Contributors
Perovic, Slobodan
Camilleri, Kristian
Hilgevoord, Jan
Hon, Giora
Duncan, Anthony
Janssen, Michel
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Perspectives on Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Cambridge University Press
Yale University Press
Drew University
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Quantum mechanics
Atomic structure
Philosophy of science
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Einstein, Albert
Schrödinger, Erwin
Heisenberg, Werner
Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Paris (France)

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