Planck's Principle

In his autobiography, Max Planck elucidated what has come to be known as Planck's Principle: "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Ironically, Planck himself was an exception to his own rule: At the age of forty-two, in the course of outlining what would become a revolutionary quantum explanation of radiation, Planck was forced to reconcile his model with Boltzmann's statistical interpretation of entropy (which Planck had questioned for some twenty years).
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