Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science

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HarperCollins, May 8, 2007 - Science - 256 pages

The seminal work by one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century, Physics and Philosophy is Werner Heisenberg's concise and accessible narrative of the revolution in modern physics, in which he played a towering role. The outgrowth of a celebrated lecture series, this book remains as relevant, provocative, and fascinating as when it was first published in 1958. A brilliant scientist whose ideas altered our perception of the universe, Heisenberg is considered the father of quantum physics; he is most famous for the Uncertainty Principle, which states that quantum particles do not occupy a fixed, measurable position. His contributions remain a cornerstone of contemporary physics theory and application.

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This was a history of physics and the philosophy of natural science, while at the same time being a defense of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum theory. It is grounded in the argument between ... Read full review

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I had to write a review because all the others present on Google books totally miss the point- indeed, I think some of them did not finish it.
The book starts with a layman's explanation of what
quantum physics shows us. This includes a tiny bit of math, some history and also a unique window into the group that produced the Copenhagen Interpretation, of which Heisenberg was the principal. This is only short. Beyond this, the author considers the various aspects of human life (culture, science, philosophy) and considers how they might be affected by the counterintuitive things discovered at the point of subatomic reality.
Amazingly, many of his predictions have already come to pass, particularly with regards to culture and philosophy. Others we are seeing unfold before us now, it really is a most excellent read for anybody even tangentially interested.


An Old and a New Tradition
The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum
Quantum Theory and the Roots of Atomic

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A winner of the Nobel Prize, Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976) was born in WÜrzberg, Germany, and received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Munich. He became famous for his groundbreaking Uncertainty (or Indeterminacy) Principle. After World War II he was named director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics.

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