A Survey of Physical Theory [a.k.a. A Survey of Physics], by Max Planck

By Max Planck

The booklet is a compilation of Max Planck's essays in response to an unique German assortment from 1922, released as 'Physikalische rundblicke. Gesammelte reden und aufsätze'.
The first version of the English model was once initially released in 1925 as 'A Survey of Physics', and reprinted by means of Dover due to the fact 1960 less than the name 'A Survey of actual Theory'. The variation on which the resource test is predicated isn't really dated, and next to 1960.

The e-book is a part of a five volumes [UL] 'series' of Max Planck's essays at the philosophy of physics on hand in English on P2P venues. In approximate chronological order, the 'series' contains of:

1. in advance of 1922: A Survey of actual thought [orig Ger. ed. 1922; 1st En. ed. 1925; used ed. repr. 1960 or later n.d.]
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2. Later than 1922, in advance of 1933: The Philosophy of Physics [orig. Ger. ed. 1933; 1st En. ed. 1936; used ed. repr. 1963]
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3. 1926, 1929: The Universe within the gentle of contemporary Physics [orig. Ger. ed. 1926, 1929; 1st En. ed. & used ed. 1931]
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4. prior to 1932: the place Is technology Going? [orig. Ger. ed. undetermined; 1st En. ed. & used ed. 1932]
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5. 1947, 1948: medical Autobiography And different Papers [orig. Ger. eds. 1947, 1949; 1st En ed. 1950; used ed. n.d.]
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This hypothesis has established itself everywhere, although it appeared daring when looked at from the previously accepted point of view of chemical science. Strictly considered, there is, indeed, a certain contradiction in the conception of a variable atom, since atoms were originally defined as the invariable ultimate particles of all matter. Accordingly, to be quite accurate, the term “ atom” should be reserved for the really invariable elements, as, perhaps, electrons and hydrogen. But apart from the fact that perhaps it can never be established that an invariable element exists in an absolute sense, such an uncertainty of meaning of terms would lead to a terrible confusion in the literature.

The advance brought about in practical work has been communicated to the theorists. They go to work with a keenness unknown in times gone by. No physical theorem is at present beyond doubt, all and every physical truth is considered disputable. It often seems almost as if theoretical physics is about to be plunged again into chaos. The more complex new facts are, and the greater the multi­ plicity of new ideas introduced, the more urgent is the need for a method of consideration which will combine them.

Hertz is not satisfied with postulating that all Nature, from the mechanical 32 point of view, can be completely explained by assuming move­ ments of simple, similar particles, which build up the whole of the physical universe. He goes beyond Helmholtz’s conserva­ tion of momentum, in so far as he eliminates from the beginning the difference between potential and kinetic energy, and there­ by all problems involving the investigation of special types of energy. According to Hertz, there is not only one form of matter, the particle, but also only one form of energy, kinetic.

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