: the reluctant revolutionary

  title={: the reluctant revolutionary},
  author={M. Planck and H. Kragh},
ACCORDING to the standard story, which is unfortunately still found in many physics textbooks, quantum theory emerged when it was realized that classical physics predicts an energy distribution for black-body radiation that disagrees violently with that found experimentally. In the late 1890s, so the story continues, the German physicist Wilhelm Wien developed an expression that corresponded reasonably well with experiment — but had no theoretical foundation. When Lord Rayleigh and James Jeans… Expand
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