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© 1979

Selected Papers of Léon Rosenfeld

  • Editors
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel
Book

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXIV
  2. History of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 3-6
    3. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 16-28
    4. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 29-31
    5. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 32-44
    6. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 58-87
    7. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 88-98
    8. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 99-111
    9. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 112-122
    10. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 134-177
    11. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 178-192
    12. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 193-234
    13. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 235-246
    14. Robert S. Cohen, John J. Stachel
      Pages 247-265

About this book

Introduction

The decision to undertake this volume was made in 1971 at Lake Como during the Varenna summer school ofthe Italian Physical Society, where Professor Leon Rosenfeld was lecturing on the history of quantum theory. We had long been struck by the unique blend of epistemological, histori­ cal and social concerns in his work on the foundations and development of physics, and decided to approach him there with the idea of publishing a collection of his papers. He responded enthusiastically, and agreed to help us select the papers; furthermore, he also agreed to write a lengthy introduction and to comment separately on those papers that he felt needed critical re-evaluation in the light of his current views. For he was still vigorously engaged in both theoretical investigations of, and critical not reflections on the foundations of theoretical physics. We certainly did conceive of the volume as a memorial to a 'living saint', but rather more practically, as a useful tool to place in the hands of fellow workers and students engaged in wrestling with these difficult problems. All too sadly, fate has added a memorial aspect to our labors. We agreed that in order to make this book most useful for the con­ temporary community of physicists and philosophers, we should trans­ late all non-English items into English.

Keywords

history of science quantum mechanics scientific thought

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Selected Papers of Léon Rosenfeld
  • Editors Robert S. Cohen
    J.J. Stachel
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-9349-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0651-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0652-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9349-5
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LXVIII, 941
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
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