The debate between Hendrik A. Lorentz and Schrödinger on wave mechanics
Anne J. KoxUniversity of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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In 1923 the Austrian Erwin Schrödinger, professor of physics in Zurich, and his Dutch colleague Hendrik Lorentz, grand old man of classical physics, engaged in a fascinating correspondence on the foundations of quantum physics. In this lecture I will go back to that year, give a sketch of the personalities of Lorentz and Schrödinger and of their respective careers, and explain the importance for the history of physics of their remarkable exchange of ideas.