Foreword Thomas S. Kuhn; Preface; Notes on sources; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Introduction of Temporal Discontinuity, 1896-1905: 2. The electromagnetic impulse hypothesis of x-rays; 3. The analogy between y-rays and x-rays; Part II. Ionization and the Recognition of Paradox, 1906-1910: 4. Secondary rays: British attempts to retain mechanism; 5. The appeal in Germany to the quantum theory; Part III. Seeking an Electrodynamic Solution, 1907-1912: 6. Localized energy in spreading impulses; 7. Problems with visible light; Part IV. Interference of X-Rays and the Corrobation of Paradox, 1912-1922: 8. Origins of x-ray spectroscopy; 9. Quantum transformation experiments; Part V. The Conceptual Origins of Wave-Particle Dualism, 1921-1925: 10. Synthesis of matter and light; Epilogue: The tiger and the shark; Bibliography; Index.
"...attention to this early work is clearly of contemporary, and not just historical or pedagogic, interest. The author is to be warmly commended for performing this task in such a clear and useful fashion." Physics Today "...the symmetry and novelty of Wheaton's narrative are beautiful...the metaphysical problem addressed...is so profound that careful readers will be well rewarded." American Historical Review "...will be a delight to historians and philosophers of science. Meticulously researched, it exposes the reader to hitherto obscure manuscripts relating the story of experimental research in the x-ray and ^D*g-ray regions of the spectrum from the end of the last through the first quarter of this century...This fine book will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the history of this golden age of physics..." Edward L. O'Neill, Optics & Photonics News