Writings on Physics and Philosophy

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 17, 2013 - Science - 290 pages
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

The History of this Translation Paul Rosbaud
2
Robert Schlapp 18991991 By Nicholas Kemmer
7
A Biographical Introduction By Charles P Enz
13
Matter
27
The Philosophical Significance of the Idea of Complementarity
35
Probability and Physics
43
Niels Bohr on His 60th Birthday
49
Sommerfelds Contributions to Quantum Theory 59
58
The Theory of Relativity and Science
107
Impressions of Albert Einstein 113
112
Albert Einstein and the Development of Physics
117
Theory and Experiment
125
Phenomenon and Physical Reality
127
Science and Western Thought 137
136
Ideas of the Unconscious from the Standpoint of Natural Science and Epistemology
149
Exclusion Principle and Quantum Mechanics
165

Arnold Sommerfeld f
69
Rydberg and the Periodic System of the Elements
73
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Einsteins Contribution to Quantum Theory
85
Space Time and Causality in Modern Physics
95
The Violation of Reflection Symmetries in the Laws of Atomic Physics
183
On the Earlier and More Recent History of the Neutrino
193
The Influence of Archetypal Ideas on the Scientific Theories
219
Name Index 281
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