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Photon: New light on an old name

  title={Photon: New light on an old name},
  author={Helge S. Kragh},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • Helge S. Kragh
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
  • After G. N. Lewis (1875-1946) proposed the term "photon" in 1926, many physicists adopted it as a more apt name for Einstein's light quantum. However, Lewis' photon was a concept of a very different kind, something few physicists knew or cared about. It turns out that Lewis' name was not quite the neologism that it has usually been assumed to be. The same name was proposed or used earlier, apparently independently, by at least four scientists. Three of the four early proposals were related to… CONTINUE READING
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