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Bohr's Theory of the Atom: Content, Closure and Consistency

Vickers, Peter John (2008) Bohr's Theory of the Atom: Content, Closure and Consistency. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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How exactly does the much-discussed inconsistency in Bohr's theory of the atom manifest itself? A close look at the suggestions made so far in the literature suggests that the theory may not be inconsistent at all. The answer depends on (i) what exactly we take the content of 'Bohr's theory' to be, and (ii) what we take to follow from that content (how we 'close' the theory). In lieu of inconsistency, alternative characterisations of the relevant conceptual problems are possible. Looking briefly at the later Bohr theory, I conclude that the theory was only inconsistent after the introduction of the quantum adiabatic principle in 1917.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Vickers, Peter John
Keywords: Bohr, atom, theory content, consistency, inconsistency, old quantum theory, closure, conceptual problems
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr Peter Vickers
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 4005

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