The Conservation of Photons

  title={The Conservation of Photons},
  author={Gilbert N. Lewis},
  • G. Lewis
  • Published 1 December 1926
  • Physics
  • Nature
WHATEVER view is held regarding the nature of light, it must. now be admitted that the process whereby an atom loses radiant energy, and another near or distant atom receives the same energy, is characterised by a remarkable abruptness and singleness. We are reminded of the process in which a molecule loses or gains a whole atom or a whole electron but never a fraction of one or the other. When the genius of Planck brought him to the first formulation of the quantum theory, a new kind of… 

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