7-2-45. David Hilbert to H. Poincaré, English translation

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

Esteemed Colleague,

Recently you published an important work Théorie des Quanta in the Journal de Physique.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). I would consider myself most fortunate to have an offprint of this.

With best regards,

Your most devoted,

Hilbert

English translation by S.A. Walter of (§ 4-44-9).

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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).

Literatur

  • F. E. Irons (2001) Poincaré’s 1911–12 proof of quantum discontinuity interpreted as applying to atoms. American Journal of Physics 69 (8), pp. 879–884. Cited by: endnote 2.
  • H. Krips (1986) Atomism, Poincaré and Planck. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 17 (1), pp. 43–63. Cited by: endnote 2.
  • T. S. Kuhn (1978) Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894–1912. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Cited by: endnote 2.
  • R. McCormmach (1967) Henri Poincaré and the quantum theory. Isis 58, pp. 37–55. Link Cited by: endnote 2.
  • H. Poincaré (1912) Sur la théorie des quanta. Journal de physique théorique et appliquée 2 (1), pp. 5–34. Link Cited by: endnote 2.
  • J. J. Prentis (1995) Poincaré’s proof of the quantum discontinuity of nature. American Journal of Physics 63 (4), pp. 339–350. Cited by: endnote 2.