H.A. Kramers Between Tradition and Revolution

It is now a little more than 11 years since the idea of writing a personal and scientific biography of H. A. Kramers took hold of me. A few days earlier I had been lecturing, in a course on field theory, on the renormalization proce­ dures of relativistic quantum field theory. Since the students had...

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Main Author: Dresden, Max
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Published: New York, NY Springer New York 1987, 1987
Edition:1st ed. 1987
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Table of Contents:
  • 1 A Remarkable Person in a Very Special Epoch
  • 1 H. A. Kramers: Why a Biography?
  • 2 The Classical Synthesis: Lorentz
  • 3 The Unraveling of Classical Physics: Planck and Einstein
  • 4 Conflicts and the Basic Incompatibility
  • 5 Bohr: Success and Ambiguity in a Period of Transition
  • 6 Bohr, the Photon, and Kramers
  • 7 The Bohr Institute: Pauli and Heisenberg
  • 8 From Virtual Oscillators to Quantum Mechanics
  • 9 The Revolution in Progress
  • 2 Living Through a Revolution
  • 10 A Hesitant Start with an Unusual Twist
  • 11 The Early Copenhagen Years: From Student to Apostle
  • 12 From Apostle to Prophet: Hints of Trouble to Come
  • 13 The Multifarious Consequences of a Desperation Revolution
  • 14 The Curious Copenhagen Interlude
  • 3 Waiting for a Revolution That Did Not Happen
  • 15 The Search for Identity in Changing Times
  • 16 The Recurrent Theme: Electrons and Radiation
  • 4 Kramers as a Person and a Scientist: Conflict or Harmony?
  • 17 Personality and Style
  • 18 Obligation and Duty
  • 19 Kramers’ Self-Image
  • 20 Epilogue: Does One Know Better—Understand More?