Happiest Thoughts: Great Thought Experiments of Modern Physics

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Peacock, Kent A.
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This is a review of those key thought experiments in physics from the late 19th century onward that seem to have played a particular role in the process of the discovery or advancement of theory. Among others the paper discusses Maxwell's demon, several of Einstein's thought experiments in relativity, Heisenberg's microscope, the Einstein-Schrödinger cat, and the EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) thought experiment.