Philosophical Reflections and Syntheses

  • Jagdish Mehra

Part of the The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner book series (WIGNER, volume B / 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Philosophical Reflections and Syntheses

    1. Jagdish Mehra
      Pages 1-28
  3. Epistemology of Quantum Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. H. Margenau, E. P. Wigner
      Pages 31-32
    3. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 33-47
    4. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 48-54
    5. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 72-77
    6. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 78-132
    7. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 133-138
  4. Quantum-Mechanical Measuring Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 147-154
    3. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 155-162
    4. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 163-180
    5. J. M. Jauch, E. P. Wigner, M. M. Yanase
      Pages 181-188
    6. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 199-217
    7. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 218-220
    8. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 221-222
    9. S. Freedman, E. P. Wigner
      Pages 223-224
  5. Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 247-260
    3. Eugene P. Wigner
      Pages 261-267
    4. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 268-273
    5. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 274-280
  6. Symmetries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 283-293
    3. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 297-310
    4. Eugene P. Wigner
      Pages 334-342
    5. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 343-358
    6. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 359-381
    7. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 382-411
  7. Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
    2. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 446-456
  8. Nuclear Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. E. Wigner
      Pages 494-507
    3. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 508-519
  9. Broader Philosophical Essays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 521-521
    2. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 523-533

About this book


Among the founding fathers of modern quantum physics few have contributed to our basic understanding of its concepts as much as E.P. Wigner. His articles on the epistemology of quantum mechanics and the measurement problem, and the basic role of symmetries were of fundamental importance for all subsequent work. He was also the first to discuss the concept of consciousness from the point of view of modern physics. G.G. Emch edited most of those papers and wrote a very helpful introduction into Wigner's contributions to Natural Philosophy. The book should be a gem for all those interested in the history and philosophy of science. From a review by Silvan S. Schweber in Physics Today, October 1996: "All of the essays in Volume VI are at the level of the curious nonexpert who possesses a minimal command of the quantum mechanical formalism. They are rigorous, lucid and challenging."


determinism epistemology interpret mathematics mechanics modern physics natural philosophy nuclear physics philosophy philosophy of science physics quantum mechanics relativity symmetry theory of relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Jagdish Mehra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsGrimsley Hall, The CitadelCharlestonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-63372-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78374-6
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