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Unformatted text preview: Just as inflation had exploded to the point that a nationwide state of emergency was called, Heisenberg was proposing his groundbreaking Zeeman principle. The new theory was based on Bohr's own quantum postulate of 1913: hv = E(2) - E(1) This translates into h (Planck's constant) times v (frequency) equals the difference between the two energy states when an electron jumps from E(2) to E(1). Heisenberg saw that this postulate was inconsistent, for while the energies were calculated by classical Newtonian mechanics, the frequency was related not to the energy of one state but to the difference between two. Heisenberg, therefore, replaced the classical energies with a new function that served as an average, or integral, of the classical energy. From this new principle he was able to reproduce the results of previous findings, while also satisfying the Zeeman effect. More important, after applying it to his findings, while also satisfying the Zeeman effect....
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- Fall '08