The nature of elementary particles

  • Werner Heisenberg
Part of the Gesammelte Werke / Collected Works book series (HEISENBERG, volume B)


The question, “What is an elementary particle?” must find its answer primarily in experiment, although it must also be confronted with philosphical considerations. I will therefore begin by giving a short survey of the important experimental results of the last fifty years. This survey will show that a critical unbiased study of these results already gives an answer to the question; theory, as we shall see, cannot add much to this answer.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

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  • Werner Heisenberg

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