Since the amplitudes of classical motions could be squared to find the intensity of the emitted radi

Since the amplitudes of classical motions could be squared to find the intensity of the emitted radi

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Since the amplitudes of classical motions could be squared to find the intensity of the  emitted radiation, Heisenberg determined to find a corresponding multiplication rule for  the amplitude of virtual oscillators, which would yield the intensity of the spectral lines  that had long given physicists trouble. The multiplication rule that Heisenberg devised  looked familiar to Born as he critiqued the paper. What Born recognized was that the  rule involved the same principle used in multiplying matrices. Before long Born, Jordan,  and Heisenberg wrote the groundbreaking paper that expressed quantum physics in  matrices. Their equations satisfied the prior principles of quantum physics while  accomplishing the long-sought goal of quantifying the discrete energy states of an atom. However, while everyone was working on refining the new quantum mechanics, Erwin 
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