Book ID: CBB765433496

Grete Hermann - Between Physics and Philosophy (2017)


Crull, Elise (Editor)
Bacciagaluppi, Guido (Editor)


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 281 pp.
Language: English

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 This volume includes translations of Hermann’s two most important essays on this topic: one hitherto unpublished and one translated here into English for the first time.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.

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Authors & Contributors
Lefèvre, Wolfgang
Watkins, Eric
Camilleri, Kristian
Cassidy, David C.
Drago, Antonino
Gabbey, Alan
Perspectives on Science
Physics in Perspective
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
American Journal of Physics
Philosophia Naturalis
Kluwer Academic
Bellevue Literary Press
Drew University
Quantum mechanics
Theoretical physics
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Philosophy of science
Heisenberg, Werner
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Newton, Isaac
Kant, Immanuel
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
Early modern
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Munich (Germany)

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