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Reflections on the Philosophy of Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger

  • Abner Shimony
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 76)

Abstract

Many of the pioneers of quantum mechanics — notably Planck, Einstein, Bohr, de Broglie, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Born, Jordan, Lande, Wigner, and London — were seriously concerned with philosophical questions. In each case one can ask a question of psychological and historical interest: was it a philosophical penchant which drew the investigator towards a kind of physics research which is linked to philosophy, or was it rather that the conceptual difficulties of fundamental physics pulled him willy-nilly into the labyrinth of philosophy? I shall not undertake to discuss this question, but shall cite an opinion of Peter Bergmann, which I find congenial: he learned from Einstein that “the theoretical physicist is a philosopher in workingman’s clothes” ([1],q.v).

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Wave Packet Copenhagen Interpretation Positivist Interpretation Cambridge Philosophical Society Quantum Mechanical Formalism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abner Shimony
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

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