THE ACTUAL COURSE of history is a complicated network. In the development of science it is less complicated than in political history because in science there is more internal consistency and more compulsion from the object of study. But in science history, too, we have chance and accident along with consistency and consequence. Let us now consider how far the growth of quantum theory, the different ways it has actually gone, has been by consistency and how far by chance.
Paths to quantum theory historically viewed
Friedrich Hund; Paths to quantum theory historically viewed. Physics Today 1 August 1966; 19 (8): 23–29. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3048403
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