I'm looking for a reading resource that reviews the experimental observations, and subsequent physical models that lead to the formulation of quantum physics. For example the experimental observations of Black body radiation can be explained by Planck's law, which requires quantised energy. I want to know why these experimental observations required quantum physics. The reading source would preferably show the mathematical derivations of the models and how the theory was developed in chronological order.

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    $\begingroup$ See also hsm.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – Mauricio
    Jan 12 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ Try Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles by Eisberg. He provides a good introduction to the early models o black body radiation. $\endgroup$
    – Mauricio
    Jan 12 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ This question belongs to HSM. You are likely to get better answers there. There are scores of sourcebooks of the type you are seeking. $\endgroup$ Jan 12 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia has a page on the history of quantum mechanics which has many references listed. $\endgroup$ Jan 12 at 18:31

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It depends on the level of mathematics you are comfortable with. The "no-math standard" was for many years a book called 30 Years That Shook Physics by George Gamow.


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