Weimar Culture and Quantum Mechanics: Selected Papers by Paul Forman and Contemporary Perspectives on the Forman Thesis

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World Scientific, 2011 - Science - 560 pages
The Forman thesis : 40 years after / Cathryn Carson, Alexei Kojevnikov and Helmuth Trischler -- Cold war culture, history of science and postmodernity : Engagement of an intellectual in a hostile academic environment / J.L. Heilbron -- Selected chronological bibliography of Paul Forman's scholarship -- pt. I. The Forman thesis. Scientific internationalism and the Weimar physicists : The ideology and its manipulation in Germany after World War I / Paul Forman. The financial support and political alignment of physicists in Weimar Germany / Paul Forman. Weimar culture, causality, and quantum theory, 1918-27 : Adaptation by German physicists and mathematicians to a hostile intellectual environment / Paul Forman. Kausalitat, Anschaulichkeit, and Individualitat, or, how cultural values prescribed the character and the lessons ascribed to quantum mechanics / Paul Forman. The reception of an acausal quantum mechanics in Germany and Britain / Paul Forman -- pt. II. Quantum physics in its historical contexts. Paul Forman and the environment and practice of quantum history / David C. Cassidy. Culture and mechanics in Germany, 1869-1918 : A sketch / Richard Staley. The establishment of a network of reactionary physicists in the Weimar republic / Stefan L. Wolff. Philosophical rhetoric in early quantum mechanics 1925-27 : High principles, cultural values and professional anxieties / Alexei Kojevnikov. 'The shackles of causality' : Physics and philosophy in the Netherlands in the interwar period / Kai Eigner and Frans van Lunteren. Crisis, measurement problems and controversy in early quantum electrodynamics : The failed appropriation of epistemology in the second quantum generation / Anja Skaar Jacobsen. Causality in physics and in the history of physics : A comparison of Bohm's and Forman's papers / Olival Freire Jr. -- pt. III. Science and culture : Cross-disciplinary debates. Forman reformed, again / M. Norton Wise. From Kosmos to Koralle : On the culture of science reading in imperial and Weimar Germany / Arne Schirrmacher. Living ambiguity : Speculative bodies of science in Weimar culture / Cornelius Borck. Science and Politics : Pathology in Weimar Germany (1918-33) / Cay-Rudiger Prull. Jordan alias Domeier : Science and cultural politics in late Weimar conservatism / Richard H. Beyler. The causality debates of the interwar years and their preconditions : Revisiting the Forman thesis from a broader perspective / Michael Stoltzner. Modern or anti-modern science? Weimar culture, natural science and the Heidegger-Heisenberg exchange / Cathryn Carson
 

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Contents

40 Years After
1
Engagement of an Intellectual in a Hostile Academic Environment
7
Selected Chronological Bibliography of Paul Formans Scholarship
21
Part I THE FORMAN THESIS
25
Part II QUANTUM PHYSICS IN ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXTS
261
CROSSDISCIPLINARY DEBATES
413
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