Photons pp 133-139 | Cite as

Light Quanta Reflected in Textbooks and Science Teaching

  • Klaus HentschelEmail author


How are these developments reflected in textbooks and scientific instruction? Charts and examples show how eight significant episodes in the history of the introduction of the light quantum are barely adequately or insufficiently treated in over 100 analyzed science textbooks and almost 40 practical instruction manuals. Coming generations of scientists are repeatedly confronted with historically false myths, barring the way toward a deeper understanding of the historical processes but also to sufficient comprehension of the concepts involved, such as the light quantum a.k.a. the photon. Support is offered for the claim that professional instruction in the history of the science and technology must form a part of good scientific training.


Light Quantum Hypothesis Physics Textbooks Photoelectric Effect Specific Historical Episodes Maxwell Continuity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section for History of Science and Technology, History DepartmentUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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