Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:14

Louis Broglie: Men of Ideas

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Louis Broglie (1892-1987) was a French physicist. In his 1922 doctoral thesis he introduced the theory of electron waves. He developed this idea into what is now called Broglie hypothesis, which states that any moving particle or object has an associated wave (that is, moving matter has both particular and wave function).

In effect, Broglie united the wave and particle functions of particles. He further united the physics of light and matter by showing that the wave-particular function is applicable to all matter, not just light. For this discovery he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1929.

Broglie’s work has practical applications, such as his construction of electron microscopes.

Broglie contributed immensely to wave mechanics (as opposed to the probabilistic models of the behavior of particles that dominate quantum mechanics).

REFERENCES

Louis Broglie. Researches on Quantum Theory. (1924)

Louis Broglie. Wave Mechanics. (1928)

Louis Broglie. Matter and Light. (1937)

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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