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Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (P.S. Series)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

"A must for all who wish to have an insight into philosophic thought which takes off unconventionally from the revolutionary concepts of modern physics."--I. Rabi

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Gary Zukav
“Philosophically, the implications of quantum mechanics are psychedelic. . . . [a] mind-expanding discovery.”
New York Times
“A giant of modern physics.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061209192
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 205,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

A winner of the Nobel Prize, Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976) was born in Würzberg, Germany, and received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Munich. He became famous for his groundbreaking Uncertainty (or Indeterminacy) Principle. After World War II he was named director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I An Old and a New Tradition 27
II The History of Quantum Theory 30
III The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory 44
IV Quantum Theory and the Roots of Atomic Science 59
V The Development of Philosophical Ideas Since Descartes in Comparison with the New Situation in Quantum Theory 76
VI The Relation of Quantum Theory to Other Parts of Natural Science 93
VII The Theory of Relativity 110
VIII Criticism and Counterproposals to the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory 128
IX Quantum Theory and the Structure of Matter 147
X Language and Reality in Modern Physics 167
XI The Role of Modern Physics in the Present Development of Human Thinking 187
Epilogue - What World Perspectives Means 209
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