The Quantum Theory of Radiation

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THE quantum theory of the electromagnetic field is without doubt the ‘difficult child’ of juantum mechanics, which in spite of many ittempts at improving it, has retained all the lisquieting and unpleasant characteristics which t showed from its birth. There is a number of physicists who refuse to discuss it because, as;hey would put it, (a) it is unnecessary, since all ts correct results can be derived by simple neans; (b) it is wrong, because its application to problems like the self-energy of the electron leads;o contradictions; and (c) it is extremely complicated.

The Quantum Theory of Radiation

By W. Heitler. (International Series of Monographs on Physics.) Pp. xi + 252. (Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1936.) 17s. 6d. net.

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