Article ID: CBB000930034

Beyond Weimar Culture -- Die Bedeutung der Forman-These für eine Wissenschaftsgeschichte in kulturhistorischer Perspektive (2008)


Trischler, Helmuth (Author)
Carson, Cathryn L. (Author)
Kojevnikov, Alexei (Author)

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Volume: 31
Pages: 305--310

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: Introduction to the proceedings from The Cultural Alchemy of the Exact Sciences: Revisiting the Forman Thesis conference held at University of British Columbia in March 2007
Language: German

Beyond Weimar Culture - The Significance of the Forman Thesis for a Cultural Approach to the History of Science. The famous Forman thesis, published in 1971, argued for a historical linkage among the intellectual atmosphere of Weimar Germany, popular revolts against determinism and materialism, and the creation of the revolutionary new theory of quantum mechanics. Paul Forman's long essay on Weimar Culture has shaped research agendas in numerous fields, from the history and philosophy of physics to German history to the sociology of scientific knowledge. Despite its status as a classic and its transformative effect, Weimar Culture has always inspired as much critique as assent. In particular in the history of science, cohorts of students and two generations of scholars have debated the Forman thesis as a conceptual tool for linking scientific change with cultural processes. The Forman thesis raises critical questions for both the ongoing debates over cultural approaches to the history of science and the burgeoning newer scholarship on physics in and beyond Weimar Germany. Exploring these implications has been the aim of a transnational project of the three authors of this article which sheds some light on these debates and briefly introduces the following papers of this special issue devoted to Paul Forman and his seminal works in the history of science.


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Includes Series Articles

Article Staley, Richard (2008) The Fin de Siècle Thesis. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (p. 311). unapi

Article Seth, Suman (2008) Mystik and Technik: Arnold Sommerfeld and Early-Weimar Quantum Theory. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (p. 331). unapi

Article Schirrmacher, Arne (2008) Kosmos, Koralle und Kultur-Milieu. Zur Bedeutung der populären Wissenschaftsvermittlung im späten Kaiserreich und in der Weimarer Republik. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (p. 353). unapi

Article Wolff, Stefan L. (2008) Die Konstituierung eines Netzwerkes reaktionärer Physiker in der Weimarer Republik. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (p. 372). unapi

Article Beyler, Richard H. (2008) Hostile Environmental Intellectuals? Critiques and Counter-Critiques of Science and Technology in West Germany after 1945. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (p. 393). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Seth, Suman
Szöllösi-Janze, Margit
Staley, Richard A.
Schirrmacher, Arne
Wolff, Stefan L.
Beyler, Richard H.
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
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History and Technology
University of California Press
Imperial College Press
Science and culture
Historians of science, modern
History of science, as a discipline
Societies; institutions; academies
Forman, Paul
Heilbron, John
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Flandrin, Jean-Louis
Sarton, George
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Time Periods
20th century, early
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
Early modern
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
West Germany
Moscow (Russia)
Great Britain
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)
Berliner Psychologisches Institut
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