Writings on Physics and Philosophy / Edition 1

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Like Bohr, Einstein and Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli was not only a Nobel laureate and one of the creators of modern physics, but also an eminent philosopher of modern science.
This is the first book in English to include all his famous articles on physics and epistemology. They were actually translated during Pauli's lifetime by R. Schlapp and are now edited and annotated by Pauli's former assistant Ch. Enz.
Pauli writes about the philosophical significance of complementarity, about space,time and causality, symmetry and the exclusion principle, but also about therole of the unconscious in modern science. His famous article on Kepler is included as well as many historical essays on Bohr,
Ehrenfest,and Einstein as well as on the influence of the unconscious on scientific theories.
The book addresses not only physicists, philosophers and historians of science, but also the general public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540568599
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 9/27/1994
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The History of this Translation: Paul Rosbaud, Friend and Publisher of Wolfgang Pauli 1
Robert Schlapp (1899-1991) 7
Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958): A Biographical Introduction 13
1 Matter 27
2 The Philosophical Significance of the Idea of Complementarity 35
3 Probability and Physics 43
4 Niels Bohr on His 60th Birthday 49
5 Sommerfeld's Contributions to Quantum Theory 59
6 Arnold Sommerfeld 69
7 Rydberg and the Periodic System of the Elements 73
8 Paul Ehrenfest 79
9 Einstein's Contribution to Quantum Theory 85
10 Space, Time and Causality in Modern Physics 95
11 The Theory of Relativity and Science 107
12 Impressions of Albert Einstein 113
13 Albert Einstein and the Development of Physics 117
14 Theory and Experiment 125
15 Phenomenon and Physical Reality 127
16 Science and Western Thought 137
17 Ideas of the Unconscious from the Standpoint of Natural Science and Epistemology 149
18 Exclusion Principle and Quantum Mechanics 165
19 The Violation of Reflection Symmetries in the Laws of Atomic Physics 183
20 On the Earlier and More Recent History of the Neutrino 193
21 The Influence of Archetypal Ideas on the Scientific Theories of Kepler 219
Name Index 281
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