'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism' / Edition 1by Erwin Schrodinger, Erwin Schrvdinger
Pub. Date: 08/28/1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The texts of two of Schrodinger's most famous lecture series are made available again. In Nature and the Greeks, he offers an historical account of the scientific world picture. In Science and Humanism, he addresses fundamental questions about the link between scientific and spiritual matters.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Part I. Nature and the Greeks: 1. The motives for returning to ancient thought; 2. The competition, reason v. senses; 3. The Pythagoreans; 4. The Ionian enlightenment; 5. The religion of Xenophanes, Heraclitus of Ephesus; 6. The atomists; 7. What are the special features?; Part II. Science and Humanism: 1. The spiritual bearing of science on life; 2. The practical achievements of science tending to obliterate its true import; 3. A radical change in our ideas of matter; 4. Form, not substance, the fundamental concept; 5. The nature of our 'models'; 6. Continuous descriptions and causality; 7. The intricacy of the continuum; 8. The makeshift of wave mechanics; 9. The alleged breakdown of the barrier between subject and object; 10. Atoms or quanta – the counter-spell of old standing, to escape the intricacy of the continuum; 11. Would physical indeterminacy give free will a chance?; 12. The bar to prediction, according to Niels Bohr; Literature.
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