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A photo of Max Planck
October 7, 2020

Planck and the Birth of Quantum Mechanics

This historical note was written by JQI Fellow Luis Orozco.

In the early evening of Sunday, Oct. 7, 1900—120 years ago today—Max Planck found the functional form of the curve that we now know as the Planck distribution of black-body radiation. By my account, it was the birthdate of quantum mechanics.