4-44-9. David Hilbert to H. Poincaré

Göttingen 6.5.191211endnote: 1 The postcard is addressed simply to “Herrn Professor H. Poincaré – Membre de l’Institut de France – à Paris”.

Hochgeehrter Herr Kollege,

Sie haben letz[t]hin eine wichtige Arbeit Théorie des Quanta im Journal de Physique veröffentlicht.22endnote: 2 Poincaré 1912. Poincaré showed in general that in the limit of extremal frequencies, there is no continuous law of radiation compatible with Planck’s law. On Poincaré’s contribution to quantum theory and its influence, see McCormmach (1967), Kuhn (1978, 210) and Krips (1986). For analyses of Poincaré’s paper, see Prentis (1995) and Irons (2001). Ich würde mich glücklich schätzen, einen Separatabzug davon zu besitzen.

Mit den besten Grüssen,

Ihr ergebenster,

Hilbert

ACS. Collection particulière, Paris 75017. A transcription, French translation and commentary appeared in Dugac, ed., 1986, 212.

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Notes

  • 1 The postcard is addressed simply to “Herrn Professor H. Poincaré – Membre de l’Institut de France – à Paris”.
  • 2 Poincaré 1912. Poincaré showed in general that in the limit of extremal frequencies, there is no continuous law of radiation compatible with Planck’s law. On Poincaré’s contribution to quantum theory and its influence, see McCormmach (1967), Kuhn (1978, 210) and Krips (1986). For analyses of Poincaré’s paper, see Prentis (1995) and Irons (2001).

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