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Die gruppentheoretische Methode in der Quantem-mechanik

Nature volume 131, pages 531532 (15 April 1933) | Download Citation



THE difficulties of group theory are no doubt considerable, but here is a book of reasonable size which gives a fairly elementary account of the application of the theory to quantum mechanical problems. It is now well known that Schrödinger's wave equation leads to the discrete energy levels for the hydrogen atom required by Bohr's theory of 1913, but here it is shown how group theory, when applied to angular momentum in connexion with the wave equation, leads to important con clusions as to the energy levels of more complicated systems. Quantum numbers appear in an almost magical manner.

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