Publisher Information: 1923.
Pauli, Wolfgang (1900-1958). Über die Gesetzmäßigkeiten des anomalen Zeemaneffektes. Offprint from Zeitschrift für Physik 16 (1923). 155-164pp. 229 x 155 mm. Original printed wrappers, vertically creased, light soiling and fraying. Very good. From the library of H. A. Kramers (1894-1952), with his pencil signature on the front wrapper.
First Edition, Offprint Issue of Pauli’s paper on the regularities of the anomalous Zeeman effect, in which he found a means of explaining this phenomenon without relying on Heisenberg’s core model of the atom. “The differences between Heisenberg’s method of doing physics and Pauli’s came to a focus on the problem of the anomalous Zeeman effect. The core model had served as the basis for the earlier work Heisenberg had done on this problem . . . In 1923 Pauli, who was then working in Copenhagen, began an intensive study of the anomalous Zeeman effect, trying to generalize the Landé-Heisenberg results while dispensing with any reliance on models. Basically what he did was to treat the established results as empirical generalizations from observational data, rather than as conclusions dependent on any particular model . . . Pauli [showed] that it was possible to explain the anomalous Zeeman effect while dispensing with [Heisenberg’s] core plus electron model” (Kragh, pp. 157-158). Two years later, in his first paper on the exclusion principle, Pauli would show that Heisenberg’s core model was wrong.
This copy is from the library of Dutch physicist H. A. Kramers, one of the primary architects of quantum theory. Kragh, “The genesis of Dirac’s relativistic theory of electrons,” in Science and Society: Quantum Histories, ed. P. Galison, M. Gordin and D. Kaiser (New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 153-189.Book Id: 50963