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Quantum Mechanics as a Stimulus for American Theoretical Physics

Shaun Datta

Iraqi Journal of Applied Physics المجلة العراقية للفيزياء التطبيقية
ISSN: 18132065 23091673 Year: 2018 Volume: 14 Issue: 3 Pages: 28-28
Publisher: iraqi society for alternative and renewable energy sources and techniques الجمعية العراقية لمصادر وتقنيات الطاقة البديلة والمستجدة

Abstract

The heroes of seminal quantum theory were almost exclusively European. Munich, Göttingen, and Copenhagen dominated the early developments of quantum mechanics, most notably the Bohr model of hydrogen, matrix mechanics, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Quite simply, “The principal language of quantum mechanics was German” [2]. While Europe dominated quantum theory, pragmatic American universities like Caltech excelled in experimental physics [3]. In the late 1920s, however, the growing American appetite and capacity for theory heralded a shift in the quantum center of gravity.