From the Scientific Autobiography of Max Planck we quote:
- I have always looked upon the search of the absolute as the noblest and most worth while task of science.
- The Theory of Relativity is based on something absolute, namely, the determination of the matrix of the space-time continuum; and it is an especially stimulating undertaking to discover the absolute which alone makes meaningful something given as relative.
- In the first place, the Theory of Relativity confers an absolute meaning on the magnitude which is classical theory has only a relative significance: the velocity of light.
- The velocity of light is to the Theory of Relativity as the elementary quantum of action is to the Quantum Theory: it is absolute core.
- I have satisfied my inner need for bearing witness, as fully as possible, both to the results of my scientific labors to the gradually crystallized attitude to general questions - such as the meaning of exact science, its relation to religion, the connection between causality and free will - by always complying with the ever increasing number of invitations to deliver lectures before Academies, Universities, learned societies and before the general public….