Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) is known for the development of quantum mechanics and the principle of indeterminancy. In physics and Philosophy he explains how modern advances in science alter, and often destroy, ...
traditional ways only when the philosophical assumptions embedded in scientific method allow for modifications when new evidence emerges. Scientific advances alone do not change a culture when it is stripped of the new knowlage that accompanies the new science.
Here is Heisenberg's main account of the development of the quantum revolution and its, in some sense, standard interpretation (which he built in the Copenhagen infatuation). He presents the implications and the connections of the advent of quantumHere is Heisenberg's main account of the development of the quantum revolution and its, in some sense, standard interpretation (which he built in the Copenhagen infatuation). He presents the implications and the connections of the advent of quantum mechanics, and to a lesser extent of relativity theory, to modern thought and society. He is almost obsessed with the observation, which dates to Bohr in fact, that common language as we are endowed by daily experience is no suitable to describe unambiguously the quantum realm, so that in any case one as to retreat into the mathematical formalism and rely on its proved agreement with experiments. He defends the Copenhagen interpretation against all criticisms, including those of Bohm and of Einstein among the several. He particularly repeats on the intervention of the observer in the experiments concerning reality, so that a new description is conceptually required. And he is able to put all matter in a nice philosophical perspective, starting from presocratic scientists through Socrates, Plato, Aristotile, Descartes, Kant till modern physics. It may be dated today, but it is at least a well-written and well-thought apology....Continua Nascondi