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Greek philosophy for quantum physics. The return to the Greeks in the works of Heisenberg, Pauli and Schrödinger

Fernández Mouján, Raimundo (2020) Greek philosophy for quantum physics. The return to the Greeks in the works of Heisenberg, Pauli and Schrödinger. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schr�odinger and Wolfgang Pauli exhibited in their works a strong and insistent interest in Greek philosophy. And this interest --they claimed-- was not at all separated from their investigations into the new quantum theory. Heisenberg directly a�rmed that "one could hardly make progress in modern atomic physics without a knowledge of Greek natural philosophy". What does this claim mean? Why do these central �gures in the development of quantum mechanics saw the Greeks as their main inspiring source? Why do they took them as a model for contemporary science, even over their modern predecessors of Enlightenment? This work attempts to answer these questions focusing on three main reasons: the revision of atomism, the recasting of the meaning of "understanding" in physics, and the critique of separations in science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Fernández Mouján, Raimundoraifer86@gmail.com
Keywords: Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrödinger, quantum mechanics, greek philosophy
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr. Raimundo Fernández Mouján
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 04:09
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 04:09
Item ID: 17711
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17711

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