A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher karl popper hailed it as a 'beautiful and important book' by 'a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions'.
Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, published and translated here for the first time. It appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. They offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings, making this volume a valuable additon to the shelves of scientist and layman alike.
Schrodinger asks what place consciousness occupies in the evolution of life, and what part the state of development of the human mind plays in moral questions. Nobel laureate erwin schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century.
'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism' Canto Classics
Nature and the greeks' offers a comprehensive historical account of the twentieth-century scientific world picture, tracing modern science back to the earliest stages of Western philosophic thought. Nobel laureate erwin schrödinger was one of the most distinguished scientists of the twentieth century; his lectures on the history and philosophy of science are legendary.
Science and humanism' addresses some of the most fundamental questions of the century: what is the value of scientific research? And how do the achievements of modern science affect the relationship between material and spiritual matters? A foreword by Roger Penrose sets the lectures in a contemporary context, and affirms they are as relevant today as when they were first published.
Nature and the greeks' and 'science and Humanism' makes available for the first time in many years the texts of two of Schrödinger's most famous lecture series.
Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science1958
The theme of heisenberg's exposition is that words andconcepts familiar in daily life can lose their meaning in the world ofrelativity and quantum physics. Nobel prize winner werner Heisenberg's classic account explains thecentral ideas of the quantum revolution, and his celebrated UncertaintyPrinciple.
This in turn has profound philosophicalimplications for the nature of reality and for our total world view.
Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge
This collection of articles, which were first published in 1958 and written on various occasions between 1932 and 1957, forms a sequel to Danish physician Niels Bohr’s earlier essays in Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature 1934. The theme of the papers is the epistemological lesson which the modern development of atomic physics has given us and its relevance for analysis and synthesis in many fields of human knowledge.
The articles in the previous edition were written at a time when the establishment of the mathematical methods of quantum mechanics had created a firm foundation for the consistent treatment of atomic phenomena, and the conditions for an unambiguous account of experience within this framework were characterized by the notion of complementarity.
In the papers collected here, this approach is further developed in logical formulation and given broader application. ”.
My View of the World
But he also insists that this is true of the belief in an external world capable of influencing the mind and of being influenced by it. Schrödinger's world view leads naturally to a philosophy of reverence for life. Schrödinger's world view, derived from the Indian writings of the Vedanta, is that there is only a single consciousness of which we are all different aspects.
A nobel prize winner, erwin schrödinger has made his mark in physics, a great man and a great scientist, but his eye scans a far wider horizon: here are two stimulating and discursive essays which summarize his philosophical views on the nature of the world. He admits that this view is mystical and metaphysical and incapable of logical deduction.
Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution
Regardless, schrÖdinger's masterpiece became an important part of the new physics of his time. More rumpled than einstein, a devotee of eastern religion and philosophy, and infamous for his alternative lifestyle, his major contribution to physics—and the work for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1933—was to some extent a disappointment to him.
Yet schrÖdinger's scientific discoveries only scratch the surface of what makes him so fascinating. A lively, is one of the most famous physicists of the early twentieth century and a member of a new generation of quantum physicists, fascinating biography of the father of quantum mechanics by the bestselling author of the science classic, Paul Dirac, In Search of SchrÖdinger's CatErwin SchrÖdinger, including Werner Heisenberg, best known for his famous “SchrÖdinger's Cat” paradox, and Niels Bohr.
This book tells the story of SchrÖdinger's surprisingly colorful life during one of the most fertile and creative moments in the history of science. The first accessible, in search of the multiverse, which underpins all of modern sciencewritten by bestselling author John Gribbin, one of today's greatest popular science writers whose other books include In Search of SchrÖdinger's Cat, in-depth biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Erwin SchrÖdingerTakes you into the heart of the quantum revolution and explains the captivating world of quantum mechanics, and Alone in the Universe.
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work. The classic personal account of watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind. By identifying the structure of dnA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize.
. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life.
At the time, watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark.
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics Oxford Landmark Science
In his bestselling work of popular science, sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine. Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do.
The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory: with "A Scientific Autobiography"
In particular, he vividly recollected the wrong paths that he followed during his discovery, which may be the most intriguing part of his quantum story for general readers. Besides, as well as an excerpt of the memorial address delivered by Max von Laue, this little book also includes Einstein’s famous tribute to Planck at his 60th birthday celebration, Planck's former student and later his colleague and friend.
The work he thus performs does not get lost; it remains stored up, undiminished and latent in the block of stone, perhaps for many years, until one day the block is perhaps loosened and drops on the head of some passerby. The effect of my dissertation on the physicists of those days was nil. Many of my colleagues saw in this something bordering on a tragedy.
I shall never forget the graphic story Müller told us, at his raconteur's best, of the bricklayer lifting with great effort a heavy block of stone to the roof of a house. For the thorough enlightenment I thus received was all the more valuable. A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
But i feel differently about it. Quantum physics originated from Max Planck’s great discovery of the quantum of energy in 1900 .
Schrödinger: Life and Thought Canto Classics
Schrödinger led a very intense life, both in his scientific research and in his personal life. Walter moore has written a highly readable biography of this fascinating and complex man, which will appeal not only to scientists but to anyone interested in the history of our times, and in the life and thought of one of the great men of twentieth-century science.
Schrödinger's life is portrayed against the backdrop of Europe at a time of change and unrest. Erwin schrödinger was a brilliant and charming Austrian, a great scientist, and a man with a passionate interest in people and ideas. In this, and on contemporary records, walter Moore draws upon recollections of Schrödinger's friends, the first comprehensive biography of Schrödinger, family and colleagues, letters and diaries.
His best known scientific work was the discovery of wave mechanics, for which he was awarded the Nobel prize in 1933.