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Nature and the Greeks ; and, Science and humanism

Author: Erwin Schrödinger
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nobel laureate Erwin Schroedinger's lectures on the history and philosophy of science are legendary. Here the text of some of his most famous lectures are made available for the first time in many  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Erwin Schrödinger
ISBN: 0521575508 9780521575508
OCLC Number: 34669216
Notes: First work originally published: 1951, 2nd work originally published: 1954.
Description: x, 172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Roger Penrose --
Nature and The Greeks. I. The motives for returning to ancient thought. II. The competition, reason v. senses. III. The Pythagoreans. IV. The Ionian Enlightenment. V. The religion of Xenophanes. Heraclitus of Ephesus. VI. The Atomists. VII. What are the special features? --
Science and Humanism. The spiritual bearing of science on life. The practical achievements of science tending to obliterate its true import. A radical change in our ideas of matter. Form, not substance, the fundamental concept. The nature of our 'models'. Continuous description and causality. The intricacy of the continuum. The makeshift of wave mechanics. The alleged break-down of the barrier between subject and object. Atoms or quanta --
the counter-spell of old standing, to escape the intricacy of the continuum. Would physical indeterminacy give free will a chance? The bar to prediction, according to Niels Bohr.
Other Titles: Science and humanism.
Nature and the Greeks ; and, Science and humanism
Responsibility: Erwin Schrödinger ; with a foreword by Roger Penrose.
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