Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
What was the meaning and significance of Planck's famous equation, E = hv?
What was Planck's philosophy of science, and how was it undermined by the success of quantum physics?
How did Planck's political beliefs– specifically, his nationalism–affect his life?
Suggested Essay Topics
Discuss Planck's changing relationship with Albert Einstein.
Should Planck be praised or criticized for his actions in the years just before World War II? Why?
Discuss the differences in Germany before and after World War I.
How did World War I affect German science?
What was Planck's attitude toward quantum physics?
How did the rise of the Nazi Party affect German science? How did it affect Planck's life?
What is blackbody radiation, and why was it so important in the late nineteenth century?
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