Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics

  • Michael Drieschner

Part of the SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice book series (BRIEFSPIONEER, volume 22)

Also part of the Texts and Protocols book sub series (BRIEFSTEXTS, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 30-43
  3. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 44-52
  4. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 53-61
  5. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 62-73
  6. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 74-109
  7. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 110-129
  8. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 131-145
  9. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 146-152
  10. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
    Pages 153-171
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 173-189

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a collection of texts by the German physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912-2007), for use in seminars on the history, epistemology and structure of physics. Most texts appear in English for the first time. Weizsäcker became famous through his works in physics, mainly in the early development of nuclear physics. Later he would also become well known as a philosopher and analyst of contemporary culture. Texts include the original publications of the “Weizsäcker-Bethe formula” of nuclear masses and the “Bethe-Weizsäcker cycle,” which explains the source of energy in the sun; both were developed by Bethe at the same time and independently of Weizsäcker. Further texts deal with Weizsäcker’s explanation of the origin of planets, his explanation of the “time arrow” in Statistical Mechanics and his analyses of Quantum Mechanics and the structure of physics in general.

Keywords

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics Foundations of Science German Research Papers Physics History of Nuclear Physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Drieschner
    • 1
  1. 1.MünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03668-7
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03667-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03668-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-3125
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-3133
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