Light from the hydrogen atom

Heisenberg started by considering the frequencies of the light emitted with the electron's transition from orbit to orbit in the hydrogen atom. These could be arranged in a matrix of numbers such that the frequency due to a transition from orbit m to orbit n would form the element occupying row m in column n. They

Hydrogen atom 1 3 row

Hydrogen atom 1 3 row

are experimental numbers representing nature's way of telling us all about the hydrogen atom.

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