Three Puzzles about Bohr ’ s Correspondence Principle

  title={Three Puzzles about Bohr ’ s Correspondence Principle},
  author={Alisa Bokulich},
Niels Bohr’s “correspondence principle” is typically believed to be the requirement that in the limit of large quantum numbers (n→∞) there is a statistical agreement between the quantum and classical frequencies. A closer reading of Bohr’s writings on the correspondence principle, however, reveals that this interpretation is mistaken. Specifically, Bohr makes the following three puzzling claims: First, he claims that the correspondence principle applies to small quantum numbers as well as large… CONTINUE READING


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