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Controversy and Consensus : Nuclear Beta Decay 1911-1934 - Carsten Jensen

Controversy and Consensus

Nuclear Beta Decay 1911-1934

By: Carsten Jensen, Finn Aaserud (Editor), Helge Kragh (Editor), Roger H. Stuewer (Editor), Erik Rudinger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9783764353131
Number Of Pages: 217

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In 1920s, a long-lasting controversy on the interpretation of nuclear beta spectrum arose between Lise Meitner and Charles Drummond Ellis. This controversy, and the reactions from the contending parties when it was settled, reflect clearly the difference between the scientific communities in Berlin and Cambridge at that time. The Meitner-Ellis controversy ended in 1929, and it left an anomaly that attracted leading theoretical physicists. A new dispute, this time between Niels Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli, broke out. It concerned the explanation of the continuity of the primary beta particles and dominated the discussions for the next five years. Pauli argued for a new particle, and Bohr for a new theory; both suggestions were radical steps, but they reflected two different ways of doing physics.

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In Carsten Jensen's Memory
Editors' Acknowledgements
Editors' Preface
Author's Preface
The Main Decay Chains
Prelude: Beta-Spectrum Research in the Pre-Nuclear Years, 1900-1911
The Origin of Beta Rays, and the Growing Complexity of Their Spectrum: The Rutherford Era, 1911-1919
The Rise of a Controversy: Ellis, Meitner and Smekal Advance Different Beta-Spectrum Theories, 1920-1922
Secondary Effects and Order of Emission: Two Main Questions in the Controversy, 1923-1925
The End of the Beginning: The Controversy Enters the Decisive Phase, 1925-1929
From Anomaly to Explanation: The Continuous Beta Spectrum, 1929-1934
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ISBN: 9783764353131
ISBN-10: 3764353139
Series: Science Networks: Historical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 217
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59

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