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Book Cover, The New Science, 1959

This is a book cover. It was written by Max Planck and designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen and made for (as the client) Meridian Books. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Dave Slatoff and Tamar Cohen and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 21.1 × 52.4 cm (8 5/16 × 20 5/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black, back cover upper left: Max Planck was born in Kiel, Germany, on / April 23, 1858. He was educated in Kiel and in / Munich, and taught in both cities until his / appointment, in 1889, to a professorship at the / University of Berlin. He originated the quantum / theory in 1901, and is known also for work / relating in thermodynamics and mechanics and to / electrical and optical problems associated / with radiation of heat and with the quantum theory. / Max Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize for / Physics in 1918. He died in Göttingen on / October 4, 1947 (shortly before his ninetieth / birthday), after acute physical and mental / suffering during the Second World War – he was / left homeless by bombings and a son was / executed by the Gestapo (his oldest son was killed in the First World War).; in white, back cover lower left: GREENWICH EDITIONS, published by Meridian / Books, Inc., are clothbound publications of / original works which will not appear in any cheaper / edition for at least two years from the date of / their publication.; in white, back cover right: CONTENTS / the new science; in black, back cover right: Preface by Albert Einstein / Introduction by James Franck / I / WHERE IS SCIENCE GOING? / 1 Fifty Years of Science / 2 Is the External World Real? / 3 The Scientist’s Picture of the Physical Universe / 4 Causation and Free Will / Statement of the Problem / 5 Causation and Free Will / The Answer of Science / 6 From the Relative to the Absolute / II / THE UNIVERSE IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN PHYSICS / III / THE PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS / 1 Physics and World Philosophy / 2 Causation in Nature / 3 Scientific Ideas / Their Origin and Effects / 4 Science and Faith / INDEX; in black and white, spine: the new science Max Planck Greenwich / Meridian; in black, vertically, front cover upper left: elaine lustig; in white, front cover upper center: 3 / complete works / Max Planck; in black, front cover lower center: the new science / Where is Science Going? / The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics / The Philosophy of Physics; in white, front cover upper right: the new science / Max Planck; in black, front cover right: “His work has given one of the most powerful / of all impulses to the progress of science. His ideas / will be effective as long as physical science lasts.” / Albert Einstein wrote these words about / Max Planck, the originator of the quantum theory / and therefore one of the most important of the / innovators who changed the course of science. / In The New Science are collected three of / Planck’s major writings, in which he examines – in clear and simple language – the philosophical / implications of the scientific revolution he / helped to create. / Einstein wrote that “human nature always has / tried to form for itself a simple and synoptic image / of the surrounding world.” The poet, the / philosopher, and the scientist each creates his / own world picture, and “the supreme task of the / physicist is the discovery of the most general elementary laws from which the [scientist’s] world / picture can be deduced logically.” / In this book Max Planck elucidates for the / common reader this “supreme task.” The twentieth- / century revolutions in politics and art cannot / match in excitement our new knowledge of the / physical world, the most spectacular result of / which is the atomic bomb. But Planck’s interest / here is not in the practical consequences of the / new science, but in something much deeper. His question is this: How do these new discoveries / affect the philosophical problems that have always / haunted mankind? / Although he is almost / obsessively concerned with the new light shed on / the eternal problems of causation and free will, this eminent physicist also demonstrates how the new science transforms the whole range of / metaphysics. Readers of every philosophical bias -- / whether that of traditional philosophy, / existentialism, or the linguistic criticism of / speculative thought – will find stimulation / in these provocative pages.

Cite this object as

Book Cover, The New Science, 1959; Designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen (American, 1927 - 2016); lithograph on paper; H x W: 21.1 × 52.4 cm (8 5/16 × 20 5/8 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-4

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