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Vorlesungen über Wellenmechanik: gehalten an der Staats-Universität zu Columbus, U.S.A.

Nature volume 127, page 437 (21 March 1931) | Download Citation



THESE lectures are more in the nature of comments on wave mechanics than a formal treatment. This is especially true of the first three sections, on waves and corpuscles, the uncertainty principle, and quantum statistics, in which the points of similarity and dissimilarity between the old and new ideas are brought out with great clarity. Under the second head, Prof. Landé gives a neat derivation of the number of degrees of freedom in a system of stationary waves, taking as fundamental the conception of cones of radiation, a method usually explicitly avoided in this connexion. The remainder of the book contains an outline of the applications of wave mechanics on more stereotyped lines, and includes accounts of the derivation and applications of the simple wave equation, the wave mechanics of systems undergoing temporal change, and relativistic wave mechanics.

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