Spinning Electrons and the Structure of Spectra

  title={Spinning Electrons and the Structure of Spectra},
  author={George E. Uhlenbeck and Samuel Abraham Goudsmit},
So far as we know, the idea of a quantised spinning of the electron was put forward for the first time by A. K. Compton (Journ. Frankl. Inst., Aug. 1921, p. 145), who pointed out the possible bearing of this idea on the origin of the natural unit of magnetism. Without being aware of Compton's suggestion, we have directed attention in a recent note (Naturwissenschaften, Nov. 20, 1925) to the possibility of applying the spinning electron to interpret a number of features of the quantum theory of… 
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