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

  • Provides the first detailed, balanced, and scientifically informed study of Heisenberg's notorious Weltformel

  • Allows readers to form their own opinions

  • A detailed study of the rise and fall of an approach to finding a final theory of physics

  • Gives insights into the current search for quantum gravity

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

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Alexander S. Blum
    Pages 1-4
  3. The Origins of Heisenberg’s Program

    • Alexander S. Blum
    Pages 5-22
  4. Heisenberg Triumphant

    • Alexander S. Blum
    Pages 23-42
  5. Reception and Rejection

    • Alexander S. Blum
    Pages 43-58
  6. Conclusions

    • Alexander S. Blum
    Pages 59-62
  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.

Keywords

  • 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

  • Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany

    Alexander S. Blum

About the author

Alexander S. Blum received a PhD in theoretical particle physics from the University of Heidelberg in 2009. He then moved to the history of science, joining the Max Planck Institute in Berlin in 2010. In 2018 he started his own Max Planck Research Group, entitled "Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program."

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eBook USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-20645-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)