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Grete Hermann - Between Physics and Philosophy

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  • Recent scholarship on an important figure little-known in the English-speaking world

  • First English translation of a key historical text in the foundations of quantum mechanics

  • Wide range of first-class contributors (Including some who knew Hermann personally)

  • Presents a rare synthesis of various aspects of Hermann's life and work

Part of the book series: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (AUST, volume 42)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Hermann’s Background

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Grete Hermann as a Philosopher

      • Fernando Leal
      Pages 17-34
  3. Discussions at the Hermann Workshop

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-171
    2. Panel Discussion

      • Dieter Krohn, Rene Saran, Fernando Leal
      Pages 173-196
    3. General Discussion

      • Elise Crull, Guido Bacciagaluppi
      Pages 197-218
  4. Translations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 219-219
    2. Determinism and Quantum Mechanics

      • Grete Hermann
      Pages 223-237

About this book

This volume brings together recent scholarly contributions on Hermann by physicists, historians and philosophers of science, and philosophers and educators following in Hermann’s steps. Also included are translations of Hermann’s two most important essays, in the foundations of physics and in ethics. The former is here translated into English for the first time. Those interested in the many fields Hermann contributed to will find here a comprehensive discussion of her philosophy of physics that places it in the context of her wider work. Grete Hermann (1901-1984) was a pupil of mathematical physicist Emmy Noether, follower and co-worker of neo-Kantian philosopher Leonard Nelson, and an important intellectual figure in post-war German social democracy. She is also known for her work on the philosophy of modern physics in the 1930s, some of which emerged from intense discussions with Heisenberg and Weizsäcker in Leipzig. Hermann’s avowed aim was to counter the perceived threat to the Kantian notion of causality stemming from the new quantum mechanics. She not only succeeded to her satisfaction, but also discussed in depth the question of ‘hidden variables’ (including the first critique of von Neumann’s alleged impossibility proof) and provided an extensive analysis of Bohr’s notion of complementarity. Her work places her in the first rank among philosophers who wrote about modern physics in the first half of the last century.

Keywords

  • Causality in quantum mechanics
  • Complementarity
  • Grete Henry-Hermann
  • Heisenberg microscope
  • Jakob Friedrich Fries
  • Leonard Nelson

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, The City University of New York, New York, USA

    Elise Crull

  • Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Guido Bacciagaluppi

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Buying options

eBook
USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-024-0970-3
  • 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 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)