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Darrigol, Olivier

Works: 92 works in 260 publications in 5 languages and 4,871 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, htt, Commentator, Other, Thesis advisor, Opponent, Interviewee, Publishing director
Classifications: QC151, 532.509
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Most widely held works by Olivier Darrigol
A history of optics : from Greek antiquity to the nineteenth century by Olivier Darrigol( )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Polish and held by 1,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a long-term history of optics, from early Greek theories of vision to the nineteenth-century victory of the wave theory of light. It shows how light gradually became the central entity of a domain of physics that no longer referred to the functioning of the eye; it retraces the subsequent competition between medium-based and corpuscular concepts of light; and it details the nineteenth-century flourishing of mechanical ether theories. The author critically exploits and sometimes completes the more specialized histories that have flourished in the past few years. The resulting synth
From c-numbers to q-numbers : the classical analogy in the history of quantum theory by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2021 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of quantum theory is a maze of conceptual problems. In this lucid and learned book, Olivier Darrigol tracks the role of formal analogies between classical and quantum theory, from Planck's first introduction of the quantum of action to Dirac's formulation of quantum mechanics. In so doing, Darrigol illuminates not only the history of quantum theory but also the role of analogies in scientific thinking and theory change."--BOOK JACKET. "The most remarkable result of such analogical argument in quantum theory was Bohr's correspondence principle which, in Darrigol's words, "performed the acrobatic task of bridging two mutually contradictory theories (classical electrodynamics and atomic theory), without diminishing the contrast between them." By analyzing the origins, development, and applications of this principle, From c-Numbers to q-Numbers explains the remarkable fruitfulness of the research done under Bohr's guidance between 1916 and 1925 and shows why Heisenberg claimed that quantum mechanics was born as "a quantitative formulation of the correspondence principle.""--BOOK JACKET. "With a physicist's sure hand, Darrigol examines the formal and the epistemological aspects of the analogy between classical and quantum mechanics. Unlike previous works, which have tended to focus on qualitative, global arguments, he follows the lines of mathematical reasoning and symbolizing, and by doing so he is able to show the motivations of early quantum theorists more precisely - and provocatively - than ever before. For instance, Darrigol demonstrates that a universal principle of elementary chaos underlay Planck's analogies, and that Bohr's correspondence principle was related to his elaboration of a minimal-quantum theoretical language. Most striking, Darrigol reveals how Dirac's personal conception of the relations among algebra, geometry, use of the analogy between c-numbers and and physics conditioned his highly creative q-numbers."--BOOK JACKET. "Original, erudite, and witty, From c-Numbers to q-Numbers sets a new standard for the philosophically perceptive and mathematically precise history of quantum mechanics. For years to come it will influence historical and philosophical discussions of twentieth-century physics."--Jacket
Worlds of flow : a history of hydrodynamics from the Bernoullis to Prandtl by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

27 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first of its kind, this book is an in-depth history of hydrodynamics from its eighteenth-century foundation to its first major successes in twentieth-century hydraulics and aeronautics. This book documents the foundational role of fluid mechanics in developing a new mathematical physics. It gives full and clear accounts of the conceptual breakthroughs of physicists and engineers who tried to meet challenges in the practical worlds of hydraulics, navigation, blood circulation, meteorology, and aeronautics. This text also shows how hydrodynamics began to fulfill its early promise to unify the different worlds of flow
Electrodynamics from Ampère to Einstein by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three quarters of a century elapsed between Ampere's definition of electrodynamics and Einstein's reform of the concepts of space and time. The two events occurred in utterly different worlds: the French Academy of Sciences of the 1820s seems very remote from the Bern patent office of the early 1900s, and the forces between two electric currents quite foreign to the optical synchronization of clocks. Yet, Ampere's electrodynamics and Einstein's relativity are firmly connected through an historical chain involving German extensions of Ampere's work, competition with British field conceptions, Dutch synthesis, and fin de siecle criticism of the aether-matter connection. Darrigol's book retraces this intriguing evolution, with a physicist's attention to conceptual and instrumental developments, and with an historian's awareness of their cultural and material embeddings. This book exploits a wide range of sources, and incorporates the many important insights of other scholars. Thorough accounts are given of crucial episodes such as Faraday's redefinition of charge and current, the genesis of Maxwell's field equations, or Hertz' experiments on fast electric oscillations.; Thus emerges a vivid picture of the intellectual and instrumental variety of nineteenth century physics. The most influential investigators worked at the crossroads between different disciplines and traditions: they did not separate theory from experiment, they frequently drew on competing traditions, and their scientific interests extended beyond physics into chemistry, mathematics, physiology, and other areas. By bringing out these important features, this book offers a tightly connected and yet sharply contrasted view of early electrodynamics
Niels Bohr, 1913-2013 : Poincare Seminar 2013 by Olivier Darrigol( )

18 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fourteenth volume in the Poincaré Seminar Series is devoted to Niels Bohr, his foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory and their continuing importance today. This book contains the following chapters: - Tomas Bohr, Keeping Things Open; - Olivier Darrigol, Bohr's Trilogy of 1913; -John Heilbron, The Mind that Created the Bohr Atom; - Serge Haroche & Jean-Michel Raimond, Bohr's Legacy in Cavity QED; - Alain Aspect, From Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger to Bell and Feynman: a New Quantum Revolution?; - Antoine Browaeys, Interacting Cold Rydberg Atoms: A Toy Many-Body System; - Michel Bitbol & Stefano Osnaghi, Bohr´s Complementarity and Kant´s Epistemology. Dating from their origin in lectures to a broad scientific audience these seven chapters are of high educational value. This volume is of general interest to physicists, mathematicians and historians
Atoms, mechanics, and probability : Ludwig Boltzmann's statistico-mechanical writings--an exegesis by Olivier Darrigol( )

13 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the pillars of modern science, statistical mechanics, owes much to one man, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906). As a result of his unusual working and writing styles, his enormous contribution remains little read and poorly understood. The purpose of this book is to make the Boltzmann corpus more accessible to physicists, philosophers, and historians, and so give it new life. The means are introductory biographical and historical materials, detailed and lucid summaries of every relevant publication, and a final chapter of critical synthesis. Special attention is given to Boltzmann's theoretical tool-box and to his patient construction of lofty formal systems even before their full conceptual import could be known. This constructive tendency largely accounts for his lengthy style, for the abundance of new constructions, for the relative vagueness of their object--and for the puzzlement of commentators. This book will help the reader cross the stylistic barrier and see how ingeniously Boltzmann combined atoms, mechanics, and probability to invent new bridges between the micro- and macro-worlds"--Publisher's description
Physics and necessity : rationalist pursuits from the Cartesian past to the quantum present by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book recounts a few ingenious attempts to derive physical theories by reason only, beginning with Descartes' geometric construction of the world, and finishing with recent derivations of quantum mechanics from natural axioms
The reform of the International System of Units (SI) : philosophical, historical, and sociological issues by Nadine de Courtenay( )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Systems of units still fail to attract the philosophical attention they deserve but this could change with the current reform of the International System of Units (SI). Most of the SI base units will henceforth be based on certain laws of nature and a choice of fundamental constants whose values will be frozen. The theoretical, experimental and institutional work required to implement the reform highlights the entanglement of scientific, technological and social features in scientific enterprise while it also invites a philosophical inquiry that promises to overcome the tensions that have long obstructed science studies."--Provided by publisher
Les équations de Maxwell de MacCullagh à Lorentz by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oeuvres choisies by Albert Einstein( Book )

in French and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erwin Schrödinger : philosophy and the birth of quantum mechanics by Erwin Schrödinger( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres choisies by Albert Einstein( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in French and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres choisies by Albert Einstein( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in French and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einstein, 1905-2005 : Poincaré Seminar 2005 by Thibault Damour( )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and German and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Poincare Seminar is held twice a year at the Institute Henri Poincare in Paris. The goal of this seminar is to provide up-to-date information about general topics of great interest in physics. Both the theoretical and experimental results are covered, with some historical background. Particular care is devoted to the pedagogical nature of the presentation. This volume is devoted to Einstein's 1905 papers and their legacy. After a presentation of Einstein's epistemological approach to physics, and the genesis of special relativity, a centenary perspective is offered. The geometry of relativistic spacetime is explained in detail. Single photon experiments are presented, as a spectacular realization of Einstein's light quanta hypothesis. A previously unpublished lecture by Einstein, which presents an illuminating point of view on statistical physics in 1910, at the dawn of quantum mechanics, is reproduced. The volume ends with an essay on the historical, physical and mathematical aspects of Brownian motion
Les équations de Maxwell De MacCullagh à Lorentz by Olivier Darrigol( )

in French and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quanta : mécanique statistique et physique quantique by Albert Einstein( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les origines électrodynamiques de la théorie de la relativité by Olivier Darrigol( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emergence of statistical mechanics : contribution to the Enciclopedia Italiana by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical concepts in Bohr's atomic theory (1913-1925) by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strangeness and soundness in Louis de Broglie's early works by Olivier Darrigol( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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From c-numbers to q-numbers : the classical analogy in the history of quantum theory
Worlds of flow : a history of hydrodynamics from the Bernoullis to PrandtlElectrodynamics from Ampère to EinsteinEinstein, 1905-2005 : Poincaré Seminar 2005
Alternative Names
Darrigol, O.

Olivier Darrigol Frans wetenschapshistoricus

Olivier Darrigol französischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

Olivier Darrigol historiador de la ciencia francés