Heisenberg’s 1958 Weltformel and the Roots of Post-Empirical Physics

  • Alexander S. Blum

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 63-66

About this book


This book presents the first detailed account of Werner Heisenberg’s failed attempt to find a theory of everything in the autumn of his career. It further investigates what we can learn from his failure in relation to the search for a final theory of physics, an endeavour that continues to define research in fundamental physics to this day. Thereby it provides the first historically informed contribution to the current debate on post-empirical physics and the state of particle physics.


History of Physics Philosophy of Physics Particle and Quantum Physics Weltformel Heisenberg Theory of Everything Post-Empirical Physics Non-Empirical Theory Assessment History of Quantum Field Theory Heisenberg and Pauli German Physics after World War II Failure in Science Non-linear spinor theory World Formula Unified Field Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander S. Blum
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für WissenschaftsgeschichteBerlinGermany

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