By Olivier Darrigol
The historical past of quantum thought is a maze of conceptual difficulties, in which Olivier Darrigol offers a lucid and discovered consultant, monitoring the function of formal analogies among classical and quantum conception. From Planck's first creation of the quantum of motion to Dirac's formula of quantum mechanics, Darrigol illuminates not just the background of quantum idea but additionally the function of analogies in medical considering and conception swap. in contrast to past works, that have tended to target qualitative, worldwide arguments, Darrigol's learn follows the strains of mathematical reasoning and symbolizing and so is ready to convey the motivations of early quantum theorists extra preciselyand provocativelythan ever prior to. Erudite and unique, From c- Numbers to q-Numbers units a brand new normal as a philosophically perceptive and mathematically targeted heritage of quantum mechanics. For future years it's going to effect ancient and philosophical discussions of twentieth-century physics.