What were some of the major experiments that helped to develop Quantum Mechanics? I've read about the Stern-Gerlach experiment and double-slit experiment. But what role did experiments play? Did they act as motivation for understanding QM or act as verification of theories?


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  • $\begingroup$ For something like a complete answer to this question, you can do no better than to read Abraham Pais's book "Inward Bound". $\endgroup$ – WillO Nov 7 '15 at 23:31
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    $\begingroup$ This question is really much too broad for this format - and it is well addressed by a myriad of introductory textbooks at a range of different levels. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Nov 8 '15 at 0:23
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    $\begingroup$ Even if limited to the early days this covers about thirty years and dozens of landmark events. Seems t0o much of a Big List. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Nov 8 '15 at 0:30