Brandon R. Brown: On the Life & Science of Max Planck

Guest on this week’s podcast is physicist Brandon R. Brown, author of »Planck« (Swedish title: »Max Planck«). In Brandon’s award-winning biography we learn of the visionary physicist who went on to outline the fundamental formulas for quantum theory. Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1918, little suspecting that the scientific nation he represented would collapse a few decades later, marking the beginning of a cruel era in Germany’s history.

What role did Max Planck play in the development of quantum theory? What was Planck’s relationship with Albert Einstein like? And how did he grapple being an influential German with ideas that ran counter to his government? 

Photo by: Lisa Beth Anderson