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Book Cover, The New Science, 1959

This is a Book cover. It was designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen. 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 Tamar Cohen. 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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