Summary: Ann. Phys. (Berlin) 17, No. 5, 273301 (2008) / DOI 10.1002/andp.200810294
"... you can't say to anyone to their face: your paper is rubbish."
Max Planck as Editor of the Annalen der Physik
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr.22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Received 23 January 2008
Published online 23 April 2008
Key words Max Planck, Wilhelm Wien, Annalen der Physik, edition of scientific journals, modern physics,
German Physical Society.
In honour of Max Planck (18581947) on the occasion of his 150th birthday
Max Planck's place in the history of the Annalen der Physik, which spans some two hundred years, can be
characterized as unique. Planck not only published the majority of his own scientific papers in this periodical
but was also connected to it personally in various editorial positions. Thus for over half a century, from 1894
until 1947, he contributed decisively toward its promotion as a leading international professional journal
of modern physics. This paper documents Planck's diverse relationships with the Annalen der Physik and
analyzes his editorship against the backdrop of the evolving physics in the first quarter of the 20th century.
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