Planck vs. Einstein

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There have always been scientific advancements since the start of time. Some have been very beneficial but some had negative effects. Two such physicists, Max Planck and Albert Einstein, have contributed greatly to society. Planck discovered the equation, E=Nhf, while Einstein developed the theory of relativity. These rapid advances in science assisted in the development of technology, and they also affected human interaction with the environment on a grand scale. In 1900, Max Planck, a German theoretical physicist, discovered the equation, E=Nhf, where E=energy, N=integer, h=constant, f=frequency. Planck’s constant was determined when Planck came up with the constant (h). The really incredible part of Planck's discovery was that energy, which is thought to be emitted in wavelengths, is actually discharged in small packets called quanta. This new theory of energy transformed physics and opened the way for Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. In contrast to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, quantum theory deals with the tiniest things of which we know of, the particles that atoms are made of, which are called "subatomic" particles. In contrast to Relativity, quantum theory was the work of more than one person. The Theory of Relativity was proposed by the Jewish physicist Albert Einstein, in the early part of the 20th century, and is one of the most important scientific advances of our time. Although the thought of relativity was not introduced by Einstein, his major contribution to it was the recognition that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and an absolute physical boundary for motion. For objects travelling near light speed, though, the theory of relativity states that objects will move slower and shorten in length. Einstein also introduced the famous equation, E = mc2, which shows the “equivalence of mass and energy”. The second is the
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