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Dirac: A Scientific Biography.
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Conceptions of Cosmos
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The Vortex Atom: A Victorian Theory of Everything
Historique de l'elaboration et de l'abandon d'une theorie developpee en Grande-Bretagne a l'epoque victorienne, l'atome Vortex, supposee elucider tous les mysteres de la physique et resoudre lesExpand
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Max Planck: the reluctant revolutionary
According to the standard story, which is unfortunately still found in many physics textbooks, quantum theory emerged when it was realized that classical physics predicts an energy distribution forExpand
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Niels Bohr between physics and chemistry
Bohr’s atomic theory was addressed as much to chemical problems as to physical ones. But the great scientist’s intent to establish a new framework for atomic and molecular chemistry was lessExpand
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The Beat of a Different Drum: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
"If it's a boy, he'll be a scientist" "what one fool can do, another can do better" Undergraduate at MIT arrival in Princeton as a graduate student action-at-a-distance in electrodynamics - theExpand
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A sense of history: History of science and the teaching of introductory quantum theory
This paper argues that some kind of historical perspective is a conditio sine qua non in the teaching of physics. Without a proper historical perspective the student will not experience physics asExpand
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Chemistry and Technology
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Equation with the many fathers. The Klein–Gordon equation in 1926
In this essay I discuss the origin and early development of the first relativistic wave equation, known as the Klein–Gordon equation. In 1926 several physicists, among them Klein, Fock, Schrodinger,Expand
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