The Nobel Prize in Physics 1943

A simple calculation shows that from the classical theory follows that we should find a broadening of the beam with the maximum intensity on the place of the beam without field. However, from the quantum theory follows that we should find there no intensity at all, and deflected molecules on both sides. The beam should split up in two beams corresponding to the two orientations of the magnet. The experiment decided in favor of the quantum theory.“ —  Otto Stern

Stern and Gerlach: How a Bad Cigar Helped Reorient Atomic Physics

The history of the Stern–Gerlach experiment reveals how persistence, accident, and luck can sometimes combine in just the right ways.

„”Shall we do it? Otto Stern asking,

” “Well, then let’s go, we shall do it!”

Walther Gerlach answering.“ —  Otto Stern

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