Physics and Philosophy
Wolfgang Yourgrau* loved to speak to mixed audiences composed of colleagues, younger staff members, and students (and even “ladies”) on topics which allowed him to make big excursions from physics, his original professional field, to various philosophical domains where he found reasons to show that physics is at the same time a glorious enterprise and a discipline which has to show modesty in view of its own limitations. He was not afraid to say simple things, which more or less everybody thought they had known already for ages, but the way he said them was the originality of his talks. Though there is no question of either imitating or paraphrasing him, this paper will also attempt to present things which may be well known; however, the relationships which are expected to follow from the manner they are presented may have escaped the awareness of many a scholar.
KeywordsSpace Symmetry Positivistic Classification Canonically Conjugate Momentum Modern Theoretical Physic 20th Century Physic
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References and Notes
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