In his PhD project Martin Jähnert studies the development of the correspondence principle in the old quantum theory as a process of adaptive reformulation. By looking at different uses of the principle the project aims to understand how physicists came to work with the principle and how the principle was shaped through its applications. The project studies this process of adaptive reformulation in the context of the dispersion of the correspondence principle throughout the networks of the old quantum theory and its simultaneous transfer into different fields of research (e.g. atomic and molecular spectroscopy, dispersion, and collision processes). Thereby Jähnert shows how the principle became one of the most fruitful research tools of the old quantum theory.
In previous work with Christoph Lehner, Martin Jähnert has studied the early debates on the interpretation of quantum mechanics and its interplay with the development of the theory. From this perspective, the interpretational debate was understood as a reflection on the role of pictures and models within the research process. Their work aimed to clarify how physicists dealt with the methodological and epistemological challenges arising from the development of quantum mechanics.
Blum, A. S., Jähnert, M., Lehner, C., & Renn, J. (2017). Translation as heuristics: Heisenberg’s turn to matrix mechanics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 58. doi:10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.03.005.Mehr
Jähnert, M. (2015). Practising the correspondence principle in the old quantum theory: Franck, Hund and the Ramsauer effect. In F. Aaserud, & H. Kragh (
Jähnert, M. (2013). Review of: Carson, Cathryn, Alexei Kojevnikov and Helmuth Trischler: Weimar culture and quantum mechanics: selected papers by Paul Forman and contemporary perspectives on the Forman thesis. London: Imperial College Press [u.a.] 2011. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 36(4), 384-385.Mehr
Jähnert, M. (2013). The correspondence idea in the early Bohr atom 1913-1915. Annalen der Physik, 525(10-11), A155-A158.Mehr
Jähnert, M. (2012). 'Revisiting the 1927 Solvay conference and the early interpretation of quantum mechanics'. Essay review of Bacciagaluppi, Guido and Antony Valentini: Quantum theory at the crossroads: reconsidering the 1927 Solvay conference. Cambrigde: Cambrigde Univ. Press 2009. Metascience, 21(1), 125-129.Mehr
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