Contributors

 

Massimiliano Badino: Centre d’Història de la Ciència, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Valles, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain 

massimiliano.badino@uab.cat 

Dieter Fick: Physics Department, Philipps Universität Marburg, Renthof 5, 35032 Marburg, Germany, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Faradayweg 4–6, 14195 Berlin, Germany, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany 

fick@staff.uni-marburg.de 

Olival Freire Jr: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ensino, Filosofia e História das Ciências (UFBa-UEFS), Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus de Ondina, Salvador - BA - 40210-340, Brasil 

olival.freire@gmail.com 

Bretislav Friedrich: Department of Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Faradayweg 4–6, 14195 Berlin, Germany 

bretislav.friedrich@fhi-berlin.mpg.de 

Kenji Ito: The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0193, Japan 

itokenji@soken.ac.jp 

Marta Jordi Taltavull: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany 

mjordi@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de 

Horst Kant: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany 

kant@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de 

Shaul Katzir: The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel 

skatzir@tau.ac.il 

 

Christian Kehrt: Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Neuere Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Helmut Schmidt University, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Germany 

kehrt@hsu-hh.de 

Barry R. Masters: Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, Science Center, No. 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA, and Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, NE47–220, Cambridge, MA 01239 USA 

brmail2001@yahoo.com, bmasters@mit.edu 

Daniela Monaldi: 133 Rumsey Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1P3, Canada 

dmonaldi@yorku.ca 

Dean Rickles: Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia 

dean.rickles@sydney.edu.au 

Donald C. Salisbury: Program in Global Science, Technology, and Society, Physics Department, Austin College, 900 North Grand Avenue, Suite 61621, Sherman, Texas 75090, USA 

dsalisbury@austincollege.edu 

Roger H. Stuewer: Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA 

rstuewer@physics.umn.edu 

Adrian Wüthrich: History and Philosophy of Science, University of Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, Switzerland, and Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany 

awuethr@philo.unibe.ch 

Xiaodong Yin: Physics Department of Capital Normal University, Beijing Xi San Huan North Road 105, Haidian District, Beijing 100048, P. R. China 

xiaodongstone@139.com 

Zhongyuan Zhu: Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhong Guan Cun East Street 55, Beijing 100190, P. R. China 

zzy@itp.ac.cn 

 

Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics

Table of Contents

Contributors

Introduction

From Classical to Quantum Physics

1 Theoretical Challenges by Experimental Physics:
Radiation and Its Interaction with Matter

Shaul Katzir

2 Challenging the Boundaries between Classical and
Quantum Physics: The Case of Optical Dispersion

Marta Jordi Taltavull

3 Putting the Quantum to Work: Otto Sackur’s Pioneering
Exploits in the Quantum Theory of Gases

Massimiliano Badino, Bretislav Friedrich

Quantum Mechanics in the Making

4 The Concepts of Light Atoms and Light Molecules and
Their Final Interpretation

Dieter Fick, Horst Kant

5 Early Interactions of Quantum Statistics and
Quantum Mechanics

Daniela Monaldi

6 Pourparlers for Amalgamation: Some Early Sources of
Quantum Gravity Research

Dean Rickles

Extending the Framework of Quantum Physics

7 Superposing Dynamos and Electrons: Electrical Engineering and Quantum Physics in the Case of Nishina Yoshio
Kenji Ito

8 The Origins of Maria Göppert’s Dissertation on
Two-Photon Quantum Transitions at Göttingen’s
Institutes of Physics 1920-1933

Barry R. Masters

9 An Act of Creation: The Meitner-Frisch Interpretation
of Nuclear Fission

Roger H. Stuewer

The Challenges of Quantum Field Theory

10 Tsung-Sui Chang’s Contribution to the Quantization
of Constrained Hamiltonian Systems

Xiaodong Yin, Zhongyuan Zhu, Donald C. Salisbury

11 Feynman’s Struggle and Dyson’s Surprise: The Development and Early Application of a New Means of Representation
Adrian Wüthrich

Traditions and Debates in Recent Quantum Physics

12 Orthodoxies on the Interpretation of Quantum Theory:
The Case of the Consistent History Approach

Olival Freire

13 From Do-it-yourself Quantum Mechanics to Nanotechnology? The History of Experimental Semiconductor Physics,
1970–2000

Christian Kehrt


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