Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, commonly known as Max Planck, was a German theoretical physicist who postulated Planck’s quantum theory which fetched him the Nobel Prize in Physics. He revolutionized the study of Atomic and sub-atomic particles through his quantum theory. The Plank’s constant and the Planck's law of black body radiation are heavily applied in the study of quantum Physics. Along with the Nobel Prize, he bagged various honors namely the Lorentz Medal, Copley Medal, Max Planck Medal and Goethe Prize. Various other equations, formulae and laws such as Fokker–Planck equation, Kelvin–Planck statement of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Nernst–Planck equation are named after this great physicist. He was one of the only few to derive corollaries from Einstein’s special theory of relativity. He was vocal about subjects such as success, happiness, truth, innovation, creativity, knowledge, wisdom and science. We have curated Planck’s notable quotes from his writings, research papers, observations, interviews etc. Let us go through some of the popular quotes from this Nobel laureate.
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.
This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?
Science…means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an aim which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp.
The goal is nothing other than the coherence and completeness of the system not only in respect of all details, but also in respect of all physicists of all places, all times, all peoples, and all cultures.
Religion and natural science are fighting a joint battle in an incessant, never relaxing crusade against skepticism and against dogmatism, against unbelief and superstition... [and therefore] 'On to God!
We cannot rest and sit down lest we rust and decay. Health is maintained only through work. And as it is with all life so it is with science. We are always struggling from the relative to the absolute.