Why not ?

History of the JFI | James Franck Institute

It might interest you that when we made the experiments that we did not read the literature well enough—and you know how that happens.

On the other hand, one would think that other people would have told us about it.

For instance, we had a colloquium at the time in Berlin at which all the important papers were discussed.

Nobody discussed Bohr’s paper.

Why not ?

The reason is that fifty years ago one was so convinced that nobody would, with the state of knowledge we had at that time, understand spectral line emission, so that if somebody published a paper about it, one assumed “probably it is not right.

So we did not know it. — James Franck

James Franck | American Institute of Physics

James Franck was a German physicist who won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Physics with Gustav Hertz “for their discovery of the laws governing the impact of an electron upon an atom”.

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And I would like to say that when we got the Nobel prize together, I was only pleased, because he had contributed so much and he was so much more able with experiments than I am, that we really supplemented each other quite well.

James Franck talking about his work with Gustav Hertz.

Love all.

(c) ram H singhal

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