Quantum Dialogue: The Making of a Revolution

Quantum Dialogue: The Making of a Revolution

by Mara Beller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226041824

ISBN-13: 9780226041827

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize of the Journal of the History of Ideas for Best Book on Intellectual History, 1999

"Science is rooted in conversations," wrote Werner Heisenberg, one of the twentieth century's great physicists; Quantum Dialogue shows us how often science is rooted not just in conversation but in disagreement, a culture that

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Winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize of the Journal of the History of Ideas for Best Book on Intellectual History, 1999

"Science is rooted in conversations," wrote Werner Heisenberg, one of the twentieth century's great physicists; Quantum Dialogue shows us how often science is rooted not just in conversation but in disagreement, a culture that fuels scientific creativity. Using original correspondence, notebooks, and drafts of talks and published papers, Beller reveals how world-famous scientists promoted their views by dismissing their opponents as "unreasonable" and championing their own not-always-coherent positions as "inevitable." Quantum Dialogue provides a revision of the accepted history of the quantum revolution, proposes a new approach to the history and philosophy of science, and will surely fascinate anyone interested in how "scientific revolutions" are constructed and "scientific consensus" is achieved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226041827
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Novelty and Dogma
Dialogical Creativity
Rhetorical Strategies
Part One: Dialogical Emergence
2. Matrix Theory in Flux
Introduction
A Revision of the Origins of the Matrix Theory
The Emotional Confrontation between the Matrix Physicists and Schrödinger
Born's Probabilistic Interpretation: A Case Study of "Concepts in Flux"
3. Quantum Philosophy in Flux
Introduction
Positivism in Flux
Indeterminism in Flux
4. The Dialogical Emergence of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Paper
Introduction
Dialogue with Schrödinger
Dialogue with Pauli
Dialogue with Dirac
Dialogue with Jordan
Dialogues with "Lesser" Scientists
5. The Polyphony of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Paper
Introduction
The Polyphony of the Notion of Interpretation
The Contingency of Acausality
Anschaulichkeit and the Status of Classical Concepts
6. The Dialogical Birth of Bohr's Complementarity
Introduction
Dialogue with Schrödinger: The Structure of Atoms
Dialogue with Einstein and Compton
Dialogue with Campbell
Clash with Heisenberg: Setting the Historical Record Straight
Confrontation with Pauli
Conclusion
7. The Challenge of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen and the Two Voices of Bohr's Response
Two Voices in Bohr's Response to Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen
Bohr's Victory?
Disturbance, Reality, and Acausality
Bohr's Doctrine of the Indispensability of Classical Concepts and the Correspondence Principle
Part Two: Rhetorical Consolidation
8. The Polyphony of the Copenhagen Interpretation and the Rhetoric of Antirealism
Introduction
What Scientists "Need Not" and "Must Not" Do
The Appeal of Antirealism: Some General Considerations
Reality, Classical Concepts, and Symbols
The Appeal of Antirealism: Bohr's Version
Antirealism and Opposition
The Appearance of Consensus and Conclusion
9. The Copenhagen Dogma: The Rhetoric of Finality and Inevitability
Introduction
Acausality and the Indispensability of Classical Concepts
Operationalism: From Consistency to Inevitability Arguments
Bohm on Classical versus Quantum Concepts and on Indeterminism
10. Constructing the Orthodox Narrative
Introduction: "Whiggish" History and "Winner's" Strategies
Discontinuities and Quantum Jumps
Indeterminism and Historiographical Doubts
11. The Myth of Wave-Particle Complementarity
Introduction: The Dramatic Historical Narrative
Mathematical Physicists and the Wave-Particle Dilemma
Ambiguity and the Wave-Particle Issue
Ideological and Pedagogical Uses of Wave-Particle Complementarity
12. Complementarity as Metaphor
Introduction
The Web of Correspondences and Harmonies
"Wholeness" as Metaphor
Bohr: Mathematics and Common Language
Metaphorical Appeal and Conclusion
13. Hero Worship, Construction of Paradigms, and Opposition
Introduction
Bohr and Hero Worship
The Issue of Consistency
Opposition, Paradigms, and Past Science
14. Dialogues or Paradigms?
Introduction
Heisenberg's "Closed Theories" and Kuhnian "Paradigms"
Where Did Kuhnian Incommensurability Come From?
Hanson's Incommensurability and the Copenhagen Dogma
Paradigms and the History of Science
Paradigms and Holism
Paradigms and Creativity
15. Dialogical Philosophy and Historiography: A Tentative Outline
In Praise of Disagreement
The Philosophical and Historiographical Advantages of Dialogism
Theory as Practice: Between Tools and Metaphors
Truth and Beauty
References
Index

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