Texts and Protocols

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics

Editors: Drieschner, Michael (Ed.)

  • 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
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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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics—A Brief Introduction by the Editor

    Drieschner, Michael

    Pages 1-6

  • On Elementary Transmutations in the Interior of Stars: Paper II (1937)

    Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich

    Pages 7-29

  • The Formation of the Planetary System

    Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich

    Pages 30-43

  • The History of Nature, Introduction

    Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich

    Pages 44-52

  • The Second Law and the Difference Between Past and Future

    Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich

    Pages 53-61

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics
Editors
  • Michael Drieschner
Series Title
Texts and Protocols
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03668-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03668-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03667-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 189
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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