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Max Planck provides the origin of quantum theory, 1900  

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Ueber eine Verbesserung der Wien'schen Spectralgleichung [“On an Improvement of Wien’s Radiation Law"]

Planck, Max


Verlag von Johann Ambrosius Barth



Pp. 202-204, in "Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellshaft im Jahre 1900," Jahrg. 2, Nr. 13. Edited by Arthur König. Whole issue offered, [181]-204 pp. 22.5x14.8 cm (8¾x5¾"), original printed wrappers, neatly rebacked.

First printing of Planck’s Law for black-body radiation, the origin point of the quantum revolution. Wien’s law failed to accurately describe low-frequency black-body radiation, leading Planck to here revise its formulation. The present paper is a purely thermodynamic inferring of the formula. A statistically-based restatement of the  formula derived by a "discretization procedure" was published two months later -- necessitating Planck to explicitly posit the quantum of energy. Very rare in the original wrappers.

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Issue is Jahrg. 2., Nr. 13

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