CCL: Dirac's famous statement
- From: "Jens Spanget-Larsen" <jsl |-at-|
- Organization: Roskilde Universitetscenter
- Subject: CCL: Dirac's famous statement
- Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 17:38:31 +0100
To the CCL community:
The following statement by the great British theoretician P. A. M.
Dirac is frequently quoted in textbooks and papers:
"The underlying physical laws necessary for the matematical theory of
a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are ... completely
He should have made this statement in 1928 (or 1929), and, according
to my notes, he should have continued: "The difficulty is only that
the exact application of these laws leads to equations much too
complicated to be soluble. It therefore becomes desirable that
approximate practical methods of applying quantum maechanics should
be developed, which can lead to an explanation of the main features
of atomic systems without too much computation"
I would like to read the original source of these interesting
remarks, apparently made only some months after the birth of quantum
mechanics. But where did Dirac publish his famous statement?
Yours, Jens >--<
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