Rutherford–Bohr atom

  title={Rutherford–Bohr atom},
  author={J. Heilbron},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  • J. Heilbron
  • Published 1981
  • Physics
  • American Journal of Physics
  • Bohr used to introduce his attempts to explain clearly the principles of the quantum theory of the atom with an historical sketch, beginning invariably with the nuclear model proposed by Rutherford. That was sound pedagogy but bad history. The Rutherford–Bohr atom stands in the middle of a line of work initiated by J.J. Thomson and concluded by the invention of quantum mechanics. Thompson’s program derived its inspiration from the peculiar emphasis on models characteristic of British physics of… CONTINUE READING
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