The atomic theory of John William Nicholson

  title={The atomic theory of John William Nicholson},
  author={R. McCormmach},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • R. McCormmach
  • Published 1966
  • Mathematics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
  • The English mathematical physicist John William Nicholson1 proposed a theory of atomic structure in 1911, and for several years he explored its exact implications for stellar spectroscopy and for the periodic table of elements. When he is brought into accounts of the growth of modern physics it is usually to credit him with the interpretation of Planck's constant as an angular momentum. While the credit is earned, a historical distortion inevitably results when his notion of the quantization of… CONTINUE READING
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