Evolution of quasi-history of the Planck blackbody radiation equation in a physics textbook
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Original versionAmerican Journal of Physics. 2018, 86 (12), 887-892. 10.1119/1.5054005
In physics textbooks, the emphasis is normally placed on the physics. In order to give the subject a deeper dimension, the inclusion of history and persons involved in the development has been increasing. However, the actual historical development does not always follow a linear progression, which is the way the physics is presented in textbooks. In order to study how the inclusion of “history” has influenced the presentation, a study of the development of a well-known history in different editions of a physics textbook is done. The gradual development of a quasi-history is observed and possible explanations for this are investigated.