Musician and originator of quantum theory
If you visited Max Planck (b.1858 - d.1947) at his Berlin home in the early years of World War I, you were likely to hear music. Upon entering the home you might have seen Planck playing the piano while his close friend Albert Einstein played along on the violin.
Planck was an accomplished musician, but his true passion was physics. His influence helped pave the way to widespread acceptance of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Max’s own scientific contributions revolutionized the understanding of atomic and subatomic particles, and he is the father of quantum theory.
This brilliant mind also led a life of tragedy. His wife died after 22 years of marriage. Then his two daughters both died while giving birth. Planck’s oldest son was killed in action during WWI. Finally, his youngest son was executed by the Gestapo after a foiled attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
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