Old and New Questions in Physics, Cosmology, Philosophy, and Theoretical Biology

Essays in Honor of Wolfgang Yourgrau

  • Alwyn van der Merwe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Alwyn van der Merwe
      Pages 1-34
  3. Current Problems in Physics and Cosmology

About this book


Simply to say that this is a collection of essays in honor of the late Wolfgang Yourgrau (1908-1979) is to explain, at least for-the obviously many-"insiders," the unusually wide-ranging title of the present volume. In a Foreword to the Proceedings of the First International Colloquium (focusing on logic, physical reality, and history), held at the University of Denver in May of 1966 under their leadership, Wolfgang Y ourgrau and Allen Breck wrote, in an oblique reference to C. P. Snow: "Indeed there are not two or three or four cultures: there is only one culture; our generation has lost its awareness of this . . . . Historians, logicians, physicists-all are banded in one common enterprise, namely in their des ire to weave an enlightened fabric of human knowledge. " Augment, if you will, the foregoing categories of scholars with biologists, philos­ ophers, cosmologists, and theologians-all of whom, in addition to historians, Wolf­ gang Yourgrau, by dint of his inextinguishable enthusiasm and charismatic qualities, assembled in Denver for the Second and Third International Colloquia (in 1967 and 1974, respectively)-and a few other besides, and one arrives at a statement of the credo wh ich Y ourgrau not only professed, but consistently exemplified throughout his adult life.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alwyn van der Merwe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-8830-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-8832-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-8830-2
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