American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Planck, Max Karl Ernst Ludwig 1858-1947. German physicist. He won a 1918 Nobel Prize for discoveries in connection with quantum theory.
- n. German physicist whose explanation of blackbody radiation in the context of quantized energy emissions initiated quantum theory (1858-1947)
“If space-time is a grainy hologram, then you can think of the universe as a sphere whose outer surface is papered in Planck length-sized squares, each containing one bit of information.”
“He said that a given photon's energy is equal to its frequency times a constant named after him, that we call Planck's Constant.”
“Not one of the theories devised by Newton, Darwin, Einstin or Planck is certain and perfect.”
“Planck used the device of dividing up the energy states into multiples of the unit or ˜quantum™ hÎ" (where Î" is the frequency of radiation and h is what subsequently became known as Planck's constant).”
“And two particles can make a miniscule black hole in just this way if they collide with an energy above a fundamental limit called the Planck energy.”
“ScienceNow reports that black holes can only form when particles collide at one-third of the fundamental limit known as the Planck energy.”
“Note: The statement of Planck is more consistent with history:”
“This is called Planck Time after the German theoretical physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck.”
“Today, h is known as Planck’s constant in his honor, and has the value 6.626 × 10-34 kg m2/s that’s 0.000000000000000 0000000000000000006626 kg m2/s.”
“Another idea was to base it on a relationship with an esoteric concept in physics called the Planck Constant, something even Stock had trouble expressing in layman's terms.”
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