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Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958)

by Werner Heisenberg

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This is really a book about physics that only lightly touches on philosophy. A good reason to read it would be to understand why it is that 20th century physics totally changed the world, something that I think is generally forgotten these days in spite of our (ab)use of technology, the prodigal wunderkind of the advances in science over the last 200 years or so. The thing to remember about Heisenberg's book is that it was written at the height of the Cold War, and therefore beneath the shadow of nuclear weapons... in fact, he states that right on page one. And so his conclusion with its conflicting apocalyptic/utopian possibilities for the future is very much a product of his time. Heisenberg's style is very indirect and hesitant, kind of surprising considering his prominence in the field. Altogether informative, if a bit dated. Lindley's introduction in the 2007 edition is fantastic, and makes up for the timewarp. ( )
  voncookie | Jun 30, 2016 |
This is really a book about physics that only lightly touches on philosophy. A good reason to read it would be to understand why it is that 20th century physics totally changed the world, something that I think is generally forgotten these days in spite of our (ab)use of technology, the prodigal wunderkind of the advances in science over the last 200 years or so. The thing to remember about Heisenberg's book is that it was written at the height of the Cold War, and therefore beneath the shadow of nuclear weapons... in fact, he states that right on page one. And so his conclusion with its conflicting apocalyptic/utopian possibilities for the future is very much a product of his time. Heisenberg's style is very indirect and hesitant, kind of surprising considering his prominence in the field. Altogether informative, if a bit dated. Lindley's introduction in the 2007 edition is fantastic, and makes up for the timewarp. ( )
  anna_hiller | Jun 22, 2016 |
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 classical physics and quantum physics that was then ongoing at the time of publication. Heisenberg gives equal time to the detractors of the Copenhagen Interpretation, even as he refutes each one. It is an interesting read today, as much of the old argument has been proven obsolete. A rather difficult read, it is still very much worth the time to complete. ( )
  ScoutJ | Jun 5, 2013 |
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  Vojta_V. | Apr 9, 2012 |
Much of the book is extremely old, but i liked very much the combination of modern physics to ancient philosophical speculation. ( )
  Ramirez | May 7, 2009 |
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Heisenberg, Wernerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anshen, Ruth NandaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Northrop, F.S.C.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vilkko, RistoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Werner Heisenberg, che con il suo contributo alla teoria dei quanti ha apportato un cambiamento radicale al concetto di realtà, indaga le conseguenze filosofiche della fisica moderna e le confronta con i sistemi di pensiero classico e con le altre tradizioni culturali e religiose. Dopo avere spiegato la teoria dei quanti e la teoria della relatività, l'autore ci illustra come la filosofia classica (da Platone a Locke, da Descartes a Kant) vada reinterpretata alla luce delle moderne scoperte della fisica.
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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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