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Physics and Philosophy
 
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Werner Heisenburg
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Published 1959 by George Allen & Unwin
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Bob Nichols
May 29, 2016 Bob Nichols rated it liked it
Heisenburg traces philosophical thought from Greeks (permanence versus change; ultimate elements of reality) to Descartes (the partition of mind and matter) to Newton (classical physics/mechanics). These philosophical ideas have, Heisenburg writes, formed the way we see the world and the language we use to describe it.

Heisenburg argues that ideas and language pertaining to the empirical world are not adequate to deal with the realities of quantum physics (ultimate reality as energy, out of which
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Catherine
Oct 31, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and well-edited compilation of Heisenberg's philosophy on physics. It is hard to realize the impact that quantum level physics had on our perception of reality and of the universe. Even for the contemporary reader, the implications are still quite shocking - in a good way. Not only does human perception come into question, but also scientific method: what are its limitations when we are considering "laws" on a quantum level? Heisenberg writes about his field and his experience with ...more
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