Physics & Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-09
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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The seminal work by one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century, Physics and Philosophy is Werner Heisenberg's concise and accessible narrative of the revolution in modern physics, in which he played a towering role. The outgrowth of a celebrated lecture series, this book remains as relevant, provocative, and fascinating as when it was first published in 1958. A brilliant scientist whose ideas altered our perception of the universe, Heisenberg is considered the father of quantum physics; he is most famous for the Uncertainty Principle, which states that quantum particles do not occupy a fixed, measurable position. His contributions remain a cornerstone of contemporary physics theory and application.

Author Biography

Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) was named director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
An Old and a New Traditionp. 1
The History of Quantum Theoryp. 4
The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theoryp. 18
Quantum Theory and the Roots of Atomic Sciencep. 33
The Development of Philosophical Ideas Since Descartes in Comparison with the New Situation in Quantum Theoryp. 50
The Relation of Quantum Theory to Other Parts of Natural Sciencep. 67
The Theory of Relativityp. 84
Criticism and Counterproposals to the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theoryp. 102
Quantum Theory and the Structure of Matterp. 121
Language and Reality in Modern Physicsp. 141
The Role of Modern Physics in the Present Development of Human Thinkingp. 161
Nobel Lecture: The Development of Quantum Mechanicsp. 181
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Truly Brilliant August 9, 2011
This is one of the best physics/philosophy textbooks I've read. The reader can sense Heisenberg's feelings and thoughts throughout the textbook, about the development of new "revolutionary" theories in around the world. The textbook is a reflection/critique on human advancement, and the ultimate understanding of the innermost layer of nature and what this "really" means for humanity. It is an excellent textbook, written by one of the best (if not the best) physicists in the 20th century. It is well worth your money and time.
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