Tag Archives: relativity

How far is it around the earth?

How far is it around the earth? More specifically, if I was to set off from here in Wokingham following a great circle route, how far would I have to travel before I found myself back here in Wokingham? Well, if you look it up on Google the circumference of the earth is near enough […]

A Mechanistic Model for the Hydrogen Atom

  Introduction The quantisation of matter and of electric charge are simple concepts to grasp since they involve merely the absence or presence of a integer number of discrete particles.  Particles, like grains of sand, can simply be counted to give the total amount of matter in any given volume.  Electric charge is only a […]

The Rydberg Constant and Rydberg Series

Here I take a look at the Rydberg formula in more detail and derive the Rydberg series, which is useful in calculating the change in energy level between any two states of the hydrogen atom and can be used to generate all of the other series:  Lyman, Balmer, Paschen, Brackett, Pfund, Humphreys etc.  I go […]

Louis de Broglie

Louis de Broglie

Prince Louis Victor Pierre Raymond de Broglie was born in Dieppe on August 15th 1892.  De Broglie first studied history, but developed an interest in physics as a result of working with his older brother Maurice.  Maurice had been a naval officer where he worked on early radio systems for ship to ship and ship […]

The Quantum Catechism

Over recent years much has been said about the similarities between religion and science.  Religion and science, and especially physics, it are said are on a convergent path.  The religious establishment is particularly fond of this idea, especially when spoken by a scientist, since it enhances their credibility, bolsters their position of authority and helps recruit […]

Relativity and Orbital Motion or How to win at the Game of Monopoly Using Special Relativity

The Muon is a small electrically charged particle, much like an electron only more massive.  Muons are especially useful when it comes to testing and measuring the effects of special relativity. This comes about for a number of reasons.  Firstly the muon carries an electric charge, which means that it can be manipulated by means […]

Not so sure about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

Werner Heisenberg (1901 – 1976) was a German physicist who studied physics and mathematics in Munich.  He studied under Arnold Sommerfeld alongside Wolfgang Pauli, but it was when he first met Niels Bohr that his interest in quantum physics and his career took off. In 1926 he was working on a way to explain the […]