This bookl is actually two books in
one: An unabridged version of Planck's actual lectures, plus an interpreted
abridged version that is much easier to understand (Chapter 9). Each lecture
is reviewed with comments. See a review of this book at Chemical
Heritage Magazine, "Planck's Columbia Lectures".
Those who have difficulty in understanding
the complexities of modern quantum mechanics will be delighted at the
material in this book. Did you know that his model of the atom was based
on an electronic oscillator? Planck's investigation of
thermal radiation is extremely thorough and is described in detail.
He was able to derive many of the laws of chemistry and physics from just
6 basic equations from the fields of chemistry
and thermodynamics! Learn the true definitions of energy
states and entropy.
Science instructors will find this document
a rich source of material for teaching. The equations that Planck used
are very similar to the mathematics used by electronic engineers.
Planck's blackbody radiation equation
has a (-1) term in the denominator which is more significant than it might
seem. Discover how it was derived.
The seventh lecture covers the Principle
of Least Action, which allows an analysis of a natural process
by its division into elements.
Chapter 8 is a discussion
of Einstein's Relativity Theory and the
important relationship of the kinetic potential. Probably
the best analysis of relativity theory available, including a rare analysis
of the relationships to electromagnetic theory.
Chapter 9 is just a little over 100 pages,
and it summarizes all of the 8 lectures, 6 of which were dedicated to his
Chapter 10 relates Planck's theory to
modern theories utilizing Heaviside/Cauch calculus and shows a time
picture of a quantum of energy that you will not see elsewhere!
Dr. Vlasak: "This is a remarkable
case study in scientific methodology for all scientists and engineers!
Note that my model of the atom is an electronic circuit model, as was
that of Planck."
We have received some excellent reviews
from readers, ranging from "Very Interesting" to "Brilliant".