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5.0 out of 5 stars "Completely described", 15 July 2012
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This review is from: Sources of Quantum Mechanics (Dover Books on Physics) (Paperback)
This volume is completely described by its title and the Look Inside pages, save that the first page of the Preface is omitted. In short, Max Born had conceived of publishing a collection of seminal papers on quantum mechanics (a term he claims to have coined [see page 20]), after translating into English those originally published in German (here the majority), and discussed the selection with Pauli and the publishers' consultant, Paul Rosbaud. After the latter's death, the project was completed by the present editor (also a member of the translation team), following discussions also with Dirac, Heisenberg, Hund, Jordan, Kuhn and Wigner. [Preface]

Naturally, most papers assume knowledge of advanced mathematics, and all papers of classical electrodynamics, as mostly does the editor's Introduction [see Look Inside pages]. But, to those of us lacking such knowledge, the latter gives some assistance (whilst remaining essentially an introduction to the historical development of the physics and its mathematical interpretation) and at least the introductions to most of the papers can be followed. Paper 5 contains but a single equation, and is in Bohr's inimitable style.

As can be seen [page vi] various papers were omitted (including those on Wave Mechanics which, it was hoped, would form a second volume).

It will be of interest primarily to physics undergraduates (such as myself) and to historians of science. I believe it presents the most convenient, if not only, English translation of some of these important sources.
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