Writings on Physics and Philosophy

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 27, 1994 - Mathematics - 289 pages
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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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Contents

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 Sommerfelds Contributions to Quantum Theory
59
6 Arnold Sommerfeld
69
7 Rydberg and the Periodic System of the Elements
73
8 Paul Ehrenfest
79
13 Albert Einstein and the Development of Physics
117
14 Theory and Experiment
125
75 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

9 Einsteins 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
21 The Influence of Archetypal Ideas on the Scientific Theories of Kepler
219
Name Index
281
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