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A Survey of Physical Theory [a.k.a. A Survey of Physics] by Max Planck

By Max Planck

The ebook is a compilation of Max Planck's essays in response to an unique German assortment from 1922, released as 'Physikalische rundblicke. Gesammelte reden und aufsätze'.
The first version of the English model was once initially released in 1925 as 'A Survey of Physics', and reprinted by means of Dover considering the fact that 1960 lower than the identify 'A Survey of actual Theory'. The variation on which the resource test is predicated isn't dated, and next to 1960.

The e-book is a part of a five volumes [UL] 'series' of Max Planck's essays at the philosophy of physics to be had in English on P2P venues. In approximate chronological order, the 'series' contains of:

1. prior to 1922: A Survey of actual conception [orig Ger. ed. 1922; 1st En. ed. 1925; used ed. repr. 1960 or later n.d.]
File: Planck Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vol. 1. in advance of 1922 [A Survey of actual Theory][UL]
2. Later than 1922, in advance of 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 gentle of contemporary Physics [orig. Ger. ed. 1926, 1929; 1st En. ed. & used ed. 1931]
File: Planck Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vol. three. 1926, 1929 [The Universe within the gentle of recent Physics][UL]
4. ahead of 1932: the place Is technological know-how Going? [orig. Ger. ed. undetermined; 1st En. ed. & used ed. 1932]
File: Planck Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vol. four. just before 1932 [Where Is technological know-how Going][UL]
5. 1947, 1948: clinical Autobiography And different Papers [orig. Ger. eds. 1947, 1949; 1st En ed. 1950; used ed. n.d.]
File: Planck Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vol. five. 1947, 1949 [Scientific Autobiography And different Papers][UL]
A single-file model of all five books (filename "Planck's Philosophical Essays in English P2P customized ed. Vols. 1-5 [1908-1948][UL]") is out there simply as html.

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Even to-day, we have made no progress in this direction; on the contrary, we shall see that physics has developed along other lines, which not only lead us away from the Hertzian view, but away from the mechanical conception generally. Among the physical phenomena which have been most carefully investigated, there is a large group, which it appears to be impossible to reconcile with the mechani­ cal view of Nature. 33 I will now consider the real stumbling-block of the mechani­ cal theory, namely, light-ether.

If, looking back over the past, I give an affirmative answer to these questions, I am certain that this answer is, in a way, contradictory to a tendency of natural philosophy (recently introduced by Ernst Mach) which is in great favour in scien­ tific circles. According to this, nothing is real except the per­ ceptions, and all natural science is ultimately an economic adaptation of our ideas to our perceptions, to which we are driven by the fight for existence. The boundary between physical and psychical research is only practical and conven­ tional.

A few such propositions may be mentioned in order to illus­ trate this. These had been accepted as self-evident foundations of their respective theories without any consideration, but in the light of new discoveries have been proved untenable or, at least, highly improbable, as opposed to the general principles of physics. I mention three: the invariability of the chemical atom, the mutual independence of space and time, the continuity of all dynamical effects. It is naturally not my intention to recount all the weighty arguments which have been directed against the invariableness of the chemical atom; I will only quote a single fact which has led to an inevitable conflict between a physical principle and this assumption, which had always hitherto been considered as selfevident.

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