Resisting the Bohr Atom: The Early British Opposition

  title={Resisting the Bohr Atom: The Early British Opposition},
  author={Helge S. Kragh},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • Helge S. Kragh
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
  • When Niels Bohr’s theory of atomic structure appeared in the summer and fall of 1913, it quickly attracted attention among British physicists. While some of the attention was supportive, others was critical. I consider the opposition to Bohr’s theory from 1913 to about 1915, including attempts to construct atomic theories on a classical basis as alternatives to Bohr’s. I give particular attention to the astrophysicist John W. Nicholson, who was Bohr’s most formidable and persistent opponent in… CONTINUE READING
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