- Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:29 pm
First of all, beeryslurs, your username is fantastic.
But your insertion of the extra comma in answer B is not fantastic, I'm sorry to say, because it very definitely changes the meaning of the answer. We need to evaluate the answer as it is given to us, not as it might be interpreted if we were to alter it. While changing it as you did might make it an attractive answer choice, we have to deal with it as it was written. The problem is as others have described it - Planck did not do any experiments, as made clear by the claim at the end of the third paragraph which tells us that "he presented (his hypothesis) without physical explanation."
An important lesson here, and one reinforced not long ago in a case before the Supreme Court involving certain rights of union truck drivers - the placement of a comma (or in this case, the absence of one) can completely change the meaning in crucial ways! (The truckers won because of the lack of an Oxford comma, IIRC).
Adam M. Tyson
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