Max Planck (Karl Ernst Ludwig 1858-1947) was a German physicist who taught in Berlin from 1888. His work on thermodynamics and radiation challenged
Newtonian physics, leading him to develop quantum theory, for which he won the 1918 Nobel Prize for Physics.
He was one of the first to publicly support
Einstein‘s special theory of relativity, well before others grasped its import.
The inaugural award: Max Planck (left) presents Albert Einstein (right) with the Max Planck medal of the German Physical Society, 28 June 1929, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While the idea of quantum theory has mostly been within the purview of
scientists and New Age thinkers, its practical applications should be more apparent soon.
As noted at earthpages.org:
More recently, we’re seeing a practical application where the conventional “bit” in computing is surpassed by the quantum “qubit,” which isn’t bound by the traditional laws of binary processing.
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