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Aesthetic Motivation in Quantum Physics: Past and Present

Zinkernagel, Henrik (2022) Aesthetic Motivation in Quantum Physics: Past and Present. Annalen der Physik, 534 (9). pp. 2200283 (1-6).

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Abstract

This essay explores the relations between aesthetics and motivation, primarily in quantum physics, focusing on the notions of play, beauty, and the joy of insight. The motivating role of these notions is examined both historically among the quantum pioneers and contemporarily, based on a series of interviews, among physicists associated with the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Zinkernagel, Henrikzink@ugr.es
Additional Information: Available under a Creative Commons License.
Keywords: Aesthetics, Motivation, Quantum Physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Henrik Zinkernagel
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 19:16
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 19:16
Item ID: 21198
Journal or Publication Title: Annalen der Physik
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/andp.2...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1002/andp.202200283
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: September 2022
Page Range: pp. 2200283 (1-6)
Volume: 534
Number: 9
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21198

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