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Mighty Power: How a Theory of the Microcosm Changed Our World

  • Lars Jaeger
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Abstract

It all started with three problems:

  1. 1.

    In 1900 Max Planck found himself unable to explain that so-called black bodies emit energy not in arbitrary quantities, but rather in “energy packets” of a certain size.

     
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    In 1905 Albert Einstein was forced to conclude that light is both wave and particle.

     
  3. 3.

    In 1912 Ernest Rutherford discovered in a startling experiment that the atom consists of a nucleus of protons with electrons orbiting around it; however, according to the laws of classical physics this should not be possible.

     

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Jaeger
    • 1
  1. 1.BaarSwitzerland

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