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Texts by one of the most important physicists of the 20th century, available in English for the first time
Selection of essential texts for use in studies of the history and epistemology of physics
Original texts as a source of further discussions on the foundations of quantum mechanics and the structure of physics
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.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Foundations of Quantum Mechanics - Foundations of Science - German Research Papers Physics - History of Nuclear Physics