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Schrödinger, Erwin (1887-1961)

Schrodinger Austrian physicist who invented Wave Mechanics in 1926. Wave mechanics was an independent formulation of Quantum Mechanics, equivalent (but not obviously so) to Heisenberg's Matrix Mechanics. Like Matrix Mechanics, Wave Mechanics mathematically described the behavior of electrons and atoms. The central equation of wave mechanics, now known as the Schrödinger Equation , turned out to be much simpler for physicists to solve in most cases.
Schrödinger shared with Dirac the 1933 Nobel prize in physics.

Additional biographies: MacTutor (St. Andrews), and the Nobel site.


Mehra, J. and Rechenberg, H., The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, Vol. 5: Erwin Schrödinger and the Rise of Wave Mechanics, Part 1: Schrödinger in Vienna and Zurich 1887-1925. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1982.

Moore, W. J., Schrödinger: Life and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Schrödinger, E. C., Science Theory and Man. New York: Dover, New York: 1957.

Schrödinger, E., Space-Time Structure. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Schrödinger, E., Statistical Thermodynamics, 2nd ed. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1952.

Schrödinger, E., What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1945.

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