Fritz Reiche

Fritz Reiche (Jul 4, 1883 — Jan 14, 1969) was a student of Max Planck and a colleague of Albert Einstein, who was active in, and made important contributions to the early development of quantum mechanics including co-authoring the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule. Reiche published more than 55 scientific papers and books including The Quantum Theory. After studying in Germany, Reich emigrated to the United States in 1941 and went on to work with NASA and the United States Navy on projects related to supersonic flow.

The Quantum Theory: “With Fifteen Diagrams”

The Quantum Theory: “With Fifteen Diagrams”

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THE old saying that small causes give rise to great effects has been confirmed more than once in the history of physics. For, very frequently, inconspicuous differences between theory and experiment (which did not, however, escape the vigilant eye of the investigator) have become starting points of new and important researches.
Out of the well-known Michelson-Morley experiment, which, in spite of the application of the most powerful methods of exact optical measurement, failed to show an influence of the earth's movement on the propagation of light as was predicted by classical theory, there arose the great structure of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. In the same way the trifling difference between the measured and calculated values of black-body radiation gave rise to the Quantum Theory which, formulated by Max Planck, was destined to revolutionise in the course of time almost all departments of physics.

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