By Max Planck

The e-book is a compilation of Max Planck's essays according to an unique German assortment from 1922, released as 'Physikalische rundblicke. Gesammelte reden und aufsätze'.
The first variation of the English model was once initially released in 1925 as 'A Survey of Physics', and reprinted via Dover given that 1960 below the identify 'A Survey of actual Theory'. The variation on which the resource test is predicated isn't really dated, and next to 1960.

The booklet 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' includes of:

1. in advance of 1922: A Survey of actual idea [orig Ger. ed. 1922; 1st En. ed. 1925; used ed. repr. 1960 or later n.d.]
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2. Later than 1922, just before 1933: The Philosophy of Physics [orig. Ger. ed. 1933; 1st En. ed. 1936; used ed. repr. 1963]
File: Planck Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vol. 2. Later than 1922, previous to 1933 [The Philosophy of Physics][UL]
3. 1926, 1929: The Universe within the mild of contemporary Physics [orig. Ger. ed. 1926, 1929; 1st En. ed. & used ed. 1931]
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4. previous 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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The significance of the analogy I have drawn between time and space goes much further. It is more than an analogy, it is an identity, at least in the mathematical sense. Minkowski’s greatest work was to show that if time is measured in suitable imaginary units, the three dimensions of space and this time dimension appear absolutely symmetrical in the fundamental equations of physics. The transition from one direction in space to another is accordingly mathematically and physically equiva­ lent to a transition from one velocity to another, and the theory 41 of the relativity of all velocities is but an extension of the theory of relativity of all space directions.

All these difficult questions were easily settled, or rather they did not exist for the adherents of pure thermo­ dynamics, who did not recognize the necessity of reducing thermal and chemical energy to mechanical, but accepted the assumption that energy could take different forms—a circum­ stance which caused Boltzmann to remark that the kinetic theory of gases seemed to him to be going out of fashion. He would not have said this a few years later, for it was about that time that the kinetic theory of gases began to yield results at least as important as previous results.

This, according to the prin­ ciple of constant velocity of light, makes it quite impossible to determine time absolutely, i. e. independently of the movement of the observers. The two principles cannot exist side by side. So far, in the conflict, the principle of constant velocity of light has decidedly had the upper hand, and it is very probable that no change will come about, in spite of many ideas recently promulgated. The third of the above-mentioned propositions deals with the continuity of all dynamical effects, formerly an undisputed hypoth­ esis of all physical theories, which was condensed in Aristotle’s well-known dogma: natura non facit saltus.

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