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Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912

Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912 (1978; second edition 1987) is a book by the philosopher Thomas Kuhn, in which the author surveys the development of quantum mechanics. The second edition has a new afterword.[1]

Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912
Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912 (first edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Thomas S. Kuhn
Country United States
Language English
Subject Quantum mechanics
Published
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 356
ISBN 0-19-520091-8 (first edition)
0-226-45800-8 (second edition)

SummaryEdit

Kuhn surveys the development of quantum mechanics by Max Planck at the end of the 19th century.[2] He argues that Planck misread his own earlier work.[1]

ReceptionEdit

Alexander Bird describes Kuhn's book as "masterly", writing that it "differs from traditional history of science less in the kind of explanation offered and more in the vast erudition and scholarly attention to detail displayed."[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bird, Alexander (2000). Thomas Kuhn. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 1, 215, 281, 299. ISBN 0-691-05710-9. 
  2. ^ Kuhn, Thomas S. (2012). Hacking, Ian, ed. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 50th anniversary edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. pp. vii, viii. ISBN 0-226-45812-1.