Book ID: CBB732754130

The Observable: Heisenberg's Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (2015)

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Patrick Aidan Heelan (Author)


Peter Lang


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 185 pages
Language: English

Patrick Aidan Heelan's The Observable offers the reader a completely articulated development of his 1965 philosophy of quantum physics, Quantum Mechanics and Objectivity. In this previously unpublished study dating back more than a half a century, Heelan brings his background as both a physicist and a philosopher to his reflections on Werner Heisenberg's physical philosophy. Including considerably broader connections to the contributions of Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, and Albert Einstein, this study also reflects Heelan's experience in Eugene Wigner's laboratory at Princeton along with his reflections on working with Erwin Schr�dinger dating from Heelan's years at the Institute for Advanced Cosmology in Dublin. A contribution to continental philosophy of science, the phenomenological and hermeneutic resources applied in this book to the physical and ontological paradoxes of quantum physics, especially in connection with laboratory science and measurement, theory and model making, will enrich students of the history of science as well as those interested in different approaches to the historiography of science. University courses in the philosophy of physics will find this book indispensable as a resource and invaluable for courses in the history of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Camilleri, Kristian
Duncan, Anthony
Janssen, Michel
Bacciagaluppi, Guido
Hilgevoord, Jan
Bokulich, Alisa
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Perspectives on Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Science and Education
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Physics in Perspective
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Springer
Drew University
University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Concepts
Quantum mechanics
Physics
Philosophy of science
Methodology of science; scientific method
Theoretical physics
Complementarity
People
Heisenberg, Werner
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Schrödinger, Erwin
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Places
Brussels (Belgium)
Great Britain
Institutions
Solvay Conferences
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