This motivating puzzle concerned blackbody radiation

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This motivating puzzle concerned blackbody radiation, the electromagnetic radiation  given off by a hot, glowing coal that absorbs all the light that falls onto it (thus appearing  black). This radiation was studied by measuring its spectrum, the amount of energy of  any given frequency emitted when the object was heated to a certain temperature. By  the end of the nineteenth century, German experimentalists had studied this spectrum  and found that for any given temperature, there was a rapid rise in the intensity of the  emitted radiation as the frequency increased, followed by a rapid decline. The  characteristic shape of this curve, which was always independent of the type of object  being heated, was reproduced theoretically by the physicist Max Planck. However,  Planck was unable to explain the shapes of these curves using either statistical  mechanics and the corresponding thermodynamics, or electromagnetism. The only way 
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