Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts in Physics by Michael Drieschner

By Michael Drieschner

This publication provides a suite of texts by way of the German physicist and thinker Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912-2007), to be used in seminars at the heritage, epistemology and constitution of physics. such a lot texts seem in English for the 1st time. Weizsäcker grew to become well-known via his works in physics, mostly within the early improvement of nuclear physics. Later he could additionally develop into popular as a thinker and analyst of up to date tradition. Texts comprise the unique guides of the “Weizsäcker-Bethe formulation” of nuclear plenty and the “Bethe-Weizsäcker cycle,” and is the reason the resource of strength within the sunlight; either have been built by way of Bethe whilst and independently of Weizsäcker. additional texts take care of Weizsäcker’s rationalization of the beginning of planets, his rationalization of the “time arrow” in Statistical Mechanics and his analyses of Quantum Mechanics and the constitution of physics in general.

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