Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics

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Michael Drieschner
Springer, Jun 13, 2014 - Science - 189 pages
This book presents a collection of texts by the German physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912-2007), for use in seminars on the history, epistemology and structure of physics. Most texts appear in English for the first time. Weizsäcker became famous through his works in physics, mainly in the early development of nuclear physics. Later he would also become well known as a philosopher and analyst of contemporary culture. Texts include the original publications of the “Weizsäcker-Bethe formula” of nuclear masses and the “Bethe-Weizsäcker cycle,” which explains the source of energy in the sun; both were developed by Bethe at the same time and independently of Weizsäcker. Further texts deal with Weizsäcker’s explanation of the origin of planets, his explanation of the “time arrow” in Statistical Mechanics and his analyses of Quantum Mechanics and the structure of physics in general.
 

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Contents

Major Texts in PhysicsA Brief Introduction by the Editor
1
Paper II 1937
7
3 The Formation of the Planetary System
31
4 The History of Nature Introduction
45
5 The Second Law and the Difference Between Past and Future
53
6 A Sketch of the Unity of Physics
63
7 Quantum Theory
75
8 Probability and Abstract Quantum Theory
111
11 Matter Energy Information
153
Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Society
173
Carl Friedrich von WeizsäckerFoundation
175
Federation of German Scientists
177
Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum
179
Ruhr University Bochum
181
About the Author
183
About the Editor
187

9 The Philosophy of Alternatives
130
10 Matter and Consciousness
147
About the Book
189
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