Book ID: CBB722524352

The Bumpy Road: Max Planck from Radiation Theory to the Quantum (1896-1906) (2015)


Badino, Massimiliano (Author)

Springer International

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 112 pages
Language: English

This book examines the different areas of knowledge, traditions, and conceptual resources that contributed to the building of Max Planck’s theory of radiation. It presents an insightful comparative analysis that not only sheds light upon a fundamental chapter in the history of modern physics, but also enlarges our understanding of how theoreticians work.Coverage offers a deep investigation into the technical aspects behind the theory and extends in time the notion of quantum revolution. It also presents a full-fledged discussion of the combinatorial part of Planck’s theory and places emphasis on the epistemological role of mathematical practices. By painstakingly reconstructing both the electromagnetic and the combinatorial part of Planck’s black-body theory, the author shows how some apparently merely technical resources, such as the Fourier series, effectively contributed to shape the final form of Planck’s theory.For decades, historians have debated the conditions of possibility of Max Planck’s discovery as a paradigmatic example of scientific revolution. In particular, the use of combinatorics, which eventually paved the way for the introduction of the quantum hypothesis, has remained a puzzle for experts. This book presents a fresh perspective on this important debate that will appeal to historians and philosophers of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Hoffmann, Dieter
Seth, Suman
Brush, Stephen G.
Dongen, Jeroen van
Rößler, Hole
Reuther, Gerald
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
American Journal of Physics
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
C. H. Beck
Yale University Press
Oxford University Press
Quantum mechanics
Theoretical physics
Experiments and experimentation
Revolutions in science
Planck, Max
Einstein, Albert
Maxwell, James Clerk
Hubble, Edwin Powell
Rupp, Philipp Heinrich Emil
Grotrian, Walter Robert Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)

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