SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


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How Did Quantum Mechanics Happen ?: Max Plank and the Experiments which Gave Rise to the Quantum Hypothesis

Date: 11/27/2000

Michael Nauenberg
Professor Emiritus, UC Santa Cruz

On December 14, 1900 Max Planck explained for the first time the spectrum of black body radiation by what later he called an act of desperation - the quantum hypothesis- which ushered in modern physics. This lecture will present a historical perspective on the circumstances which led to this event, including the crucial but often neglected experimental advances in measurements of long wave infrared radiation.

Last update: October 03, 2013