Trust yourself with your new ideas

One of the great breaks with classical physics occurred when Max Planck proposed in 1900 that all physics occurred in distinct packetsĀ called quantum and was not continuous. He used this to help explain what was called the ‘black body’ problem. Electromagnetic energy can only be produced in distinct amounts. Distance has a smallest specific length that cannot be split into a smaller length. Time has a smallest specific time period that cannot be split into a smaller time period. This was so radical that even he spent years trying to disprove the idea. However, Albert Einstein decided to use this idea and the result was his famous paper on the Photoelectric effect for which he eventually received the Nobel Prize (he never won for the specialĀ or general theories of relativity),

(The Great Courses – Science in the Twentieth Century)

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