<history of philosophy, biography> German physicist (1858-1947) whose discovery of the constant rate at which energy can be radiated contributed significantly to Einstein's formulation of a wave/particle theory of light and the development of quantum mechanics. Planck won the Nobel Prize in 1918. Recommended Reading: Max Planck, Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics, tr. by A. P. Wills (Dover, 1998); Max Planck, Treatise on Thermodynamics (Dover, 1990); and J. L. Heilbron, Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science (Harvard, 2000).
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