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# The Dreams That Stuff Is Made of: The Most Astounding Papers of Quantum Physics--and How They Shook the Scientific World

**by**Hawking, Stephen

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10/25/2011

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## Summary

Albert Einstein called the first discoveries that launched quantum physics "spooky," as they suggested a random universe that seemed to violate the laws of common sense. Now bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking introduces the nonscientific reader to this fascinating and befuddling world. This collection gathers together the most important papers on quantum physics, including the scholarship of Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, Ervin Schrodinger, and Richard Feynman. This is the first time all of these important works have been together in one volumewith an introduction by today's greatest living scientist.

## Author Biography

**Stephen Hawking**has become a “scientific celebrity” of sorts, ever since his

*A Brief History of Time*was published. He has been described as the “most intelligent man in the world today,” according to the

*Chicago Sun-Times*and as “the scientific heir to Einstein, Newton, and Galileo” by

*People*magazine. He lives in Cambridge, England.

## Table of Contents

p. 1 | |

"On the Law of Distribution of Energy in the Normal Spectrum" | p. 5 |

"On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light" | p. 16 |

"The Atomic Theory of Matter" | p. 32 |

p. 49 | |

"The Scattering Of Alpha And Beta Particles by Matter and the Structure of the Atom" | p. 52 |

"On The Constitution of Atoms and Molecules" | p. 75 |

"The Structure of the Atom" | p. 104 |

p. 148 | |

Excerpts from "The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory" | p. 151 |

"The Development of Quantum Mechanics" | p. 237 |

"Quantisation as an Eigenvalue Problem, Parts I-IV" | p. 251 |

p. 388 | |

"The Quantum Theory of the Electron" | p. 391 |

"On the Connection Between Spin and Statistics" | p. 409 |

"Exclusion Principle and Quantum Mechanics" | p. 424 |

p. 445 | |

"Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" | p. 448 |

"The Present Situation In Quantum Mechanics" | p. 462 |

"Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?" | p. 463 |

"Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?" | p. 471 |

"A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of 'Hidden' Variables I" | p. 484 |

"A Suggested Interpretation of the Quantum Theory in Terms of 'Hidden' Variables II" | p. 522 |

"On The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox" | p. 559 |

p. 568 | |

"The Quantum Theory of the Emission and Absorption of Radiation" | p. 570 |

"The Lagrangian Method in Quantum Mechanics" | p. 598 |

"On Quantum Electrodynamics" | p. 607 |

"Foundations of the New Field Theory" | p. 620 |

"Electron Theory" | p. 652 |

p. 667 | |

"Fine Structure of the Hydrogen Atom by a Microwave Method" | p. 669 |

"The Electromagnetic Shift of Energy Levels" | p. 675 |

p. 680 | |

"On a Relativistically Invariant Formulation of the Quantum Theory of Wave Fields" | p. 682 |

"Space-Time Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics" | p. 699 |

"The Theory of Positrons" | p. 762 |

"The Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger and Feynman" | p. 795 |

p. 832 | |

"Problems of Atomic Dynamics" | p. 834 |

Excerpts from Thirty Years that Shook Physics (Chapters I and IV) | p. 966 |

Excerpts from Lectures on Quantum Mechanics | p. 1002 |

Acknowledgments | p. 1071 |

A Note on the Text | |

The texts in this book are based on translations of the original printed editions. We have made no attempt to modernize the authors' own distinct usage, spelling, or punctuation, or to make the texts consistent with each other in this regard. | |

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