Abhandlungen zur Wellenmechanik, 1927 [Provenance: Joseph E. Mayer]

Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1927. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM OF 6 FAMOUS PAPERS THAT SCHRODINGER HAD PUBLISHED A YEAR EARLER: including “Quantisierung als Eigenwertproblem”, Parts I-IV, and “Über das Verhältnis der Heisenberg-Born-Jordanschen Quantenmechanik zu der meinen” (all in Annalen der Physik. This work bears the ownership signature of Joseph E. Mayer (Joseph Edward Mayer) a University of California chemist who worked with James Franck in Germany in the late 1920s.

“In January 1926, Schrödinger published in Annalen der Physik the paper ‘Quantisierung als Eigenwertproblem’ on wave mechanics and presented what is now known as the Schrödinger equation. In this paper he gave a derivation of the wave equation for time independent systems, and showed that it gave the correct energy eigenvalues for a hydrogen-like atom. This paper has been universally celebrated as one of the most important achievements of the twentieth century, and created a revolution in quantum mechanics and indeed of all physics and chemistry” (Wikipedia). This paper contains "the first appearance in the literature of his famous wave equation, written out for the hydrogen atom" (DSB XII, 220).

“A second paper was submitted just four weeks later that solved the quantum harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor and the diatomic molecule, and gave a new derivation of the Schrödinger equation.

“A third paper in May showed the equivalence of his approach to that of Heisenberg and gave the treatment of the Stark effect.

“A fourth paper in this most remarkable series showed how to treat problems in which the system changes with time, as in scattering problems. These papers were the central achievement of his career and were at once recognized as having great significance by the physics community” (Wikipedia). Item #1303

CONDITION & DETAILS: Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth. 4to [6.75 x 9.75 inches]. ix, 169 pp; 12 illus. Bound in slightly soiled original green cloth with minor fraying at the top of the spine. Tightly and solidly bound. Bright and very clean throughout. PROVENANCE: This work bears the ownership signature of Joseph E. Mayer (Joseph Edward Mayer) a University of California chemist who worked with James Franck in Germany in the late 1920s.

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