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".. I didn't reflect much on what I was doing.." How Planck discovered his radiation formula

@article{Giulini2000ID,
title={".. I didn't reflect much on what I was doing.." How Planck discovered his radiation formula},
author={Domenico Giulini and Norbert Straumann},
journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
year={2000}
}

On December 14. 1900, Max Planck communicated his derivation of his radiation formula, which he later called ``an act of desperation''. This date is widely recognized as birthday of quantum theory. For Planck it meant the end of his carefully planned and ambitious research project, in which he wanted to establish the second law of thermodynamics as strictly deterministic law for systems of matter and electromagnetic radiation in interaction. He knew he could not succeed within classical… Expand

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