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Atomic Spectra and Atomic Structure

Nature volume 140, pages 626627 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



(1) MR- CANDLEK'S two volumes upon atomic spectra will appeal to the spectroscopist rather than to the general reader. As the title implies, the whole work is developed on the vector model of the atom. There is a good deal to be said for a book of this nature, for the fact remains that most practical spectroscopists use the vector model in analysis and only turn to the wave mechanics solutions when vectors break down. There is, however, frequent reference to the findings of quantum mechanics, and an introductory chapter on this might well have been included. Throughout the book the historical method of approach is used, the result being an essentially empirical introduction to each branch of the subject. Both volumes contain much detailed material bearing on fundamental principles.

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