Physics Around 1900

  • Gerhard EckerEmail author
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


In the second half of the 19th century the world of classical physics was still in order. This was spelled out by the physicist Philipp von Jolly who in 1874 advised the young Max Planck against studying theoretical physics (Planck M in Wege zur physikalischen Erkenntnis: Reden und Vorträge. Verlag S Hirzel, Leipzig, 1933): “Physics is a highly developed and nearly fully matured science ...There may still be a speck of dust or a vesicle here and there that needs investigation but the system as a whole is rather well established. Theoretical physics notably approaches the degree of perfection that geometry for instance has been enjoying for centuries.”


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  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität WienViennaAustria

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