Trying to crack the code

The next step, however, was much more difficult. Fiddling with mathematical expressions is one thing; deriving the resulting formula from the fundamental principles of physics is another. What secrets were hidden at the microscopic level which could give rise to the radiation spectrum given by the 'lucky guess' formula?

Planck tried everything he could on the basis of classical laws, but without success. These laws were tried and tested, and yet just did not lead to the perfectly matched formula for black-body radiation!

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