4 October 2002
NEUMANN, John von (1903-57) and Eugene Paul WIGNER (1902-95). Zur Erklärung einiger Eigenschaften der Spektren aus der Quantenmechanik des Drehelektrons. Offprint from: Zeitschrift für Physik, 47 Band, 3-4 Heft. Berlin, 1928.
8o. Original printed wrappers (some offsetting on front wrapper, otherwise fine).
FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. First Separate Edition. In 1928 and 1929, shortly after von Neumann had begun publishing his landmark papers on the axiomatization of quantum mechanics, he and his friend Wigner (Nobel Laureate in physics, 1963) issued a series of papers on the spectra of various atoms, clarifying the data and putting it into rigorous mathematical form. "Sixty years later, in 1989, Hans Bethe was still calling these among the most remarkable of Johnny [von Neumann's] works" (Macrae, John von Neumann, p. 146). The present paper explains certain aspects of atomic spectra in terms of the quantum mechanics of electron spin.
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