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Rise and fall of the old quantum theory

  title={Rise and fall of the old quantum theory},
  author={Manfred Bucher},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • M. Bucher
  • Published 11 February 2008
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
The old quantum theory of Bohr and Sommerfeld was abandonned for the wrong reason. Its contradictions were caused not by the orbit concept but by a mental barrier--the inconceivability that an electron might collide with the atomic nucleus. Removing that barrier resolves the theory's main failures--incorrect orbital momenta, He atom, H2+ molecule ion. The inclusion of electron oscillations through the nucleus--a concept called "Coulomb oscillator"--renders the old quantum theory consistent with… 

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