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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Grete Hermann - Between Physics and Philosophy

Editors: Crull, Elise, Bacciagaluppi, Guido (Eds.)

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  • Recent scholarship on an important figure little-known in the English-speaking world
  • First English translation of a key historical text in the foundations of quantum mechanics
  • Wide range of first-class contributors (Including some who knew Hermann personally)
  • Presents a rare synthesis of various aspects of Hermann's life and work
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Grete Hermann (1901-1984) was a pupil of mathematical physicist Emmy Noether, follower and co-worker of neo-Kantian philosopher Leonard Nelson, and an important intellectual figure in post-war German social democracy. She is best known for her work on the philosophy of modern physics in the 1930s, some of which emerged from intense discussions with Heisenberg and Weizsäcker in Leipzig. Hermann’s aim was to counter the threat to the Kantian notion of causality coming from quantum mechanics. She also discussed in depth the question of ‘hidden variables’ (including the first critique of von Neumann’s alleged impossibility proof) and provided an extensive analysis of Bohr’s notion of complementarity. This volume includes translations of Hermann’s two most important essays on this topic: one hitherto unpublished and one translated here into English for the first time. It also brings together recent scholarly contributions by historians and philosophers of science, physicists, and philosophers and educators following in Hermann’s steps. Hermann's work places her in the first rank among philosophers who wrote about modern physics in the first half of the last century. Those interested in the many fields to which she contributed will find here a comprehensive discussion of her philosophy of physics that places it in the context of her wider work.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • A Biographical Sketch of Prof. Dr Grete Henry-Hermann (1901–1984)

    Pages 3-16

    Hansen-Schaberg, Inge

  • Grete Hermann as a Philosopher

    Pages 17-34

    Leal, Fernando

  • Understanding Hermann’s Philosophy of Nature

    Pages 35-51

    Paparo, Giulia

  • The Convergence of Transcendental Philosophy and Quantum Physics: Grete Henry-Hermann’s 1935 Pioneering Proposal

    Pages 55-69

    Soler, Léna

  • Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker’s ‘Ortsbestimmung eines Elektrons’ and its Influence on Grete Hermann

    Pages 71-83

    Filk, Thomas

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Grete Hermann - Between Physics and Philosophy
Editors
  • Elise Crull
  • Guido Bacciagaluppi
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-0970-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-0970-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-0968-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1452-3
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 281
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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