By Professor Dr. Kalervo V. Laurikainen (auth.)
The Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) was once known as the sense of right and wrong of physics. He used to be well-known for his sharp and demanding brain which made him a crucial determine one of the founders of quantum physics. He additionally used to be a good thinker, specially attracted to discovering a brand new belief of fact and of causality. A cautious research of the unique assets of the prior culminated in his learn of Kepler and of medieval symbolism, an idea that performed a crucial position in his dialogue with Carl Jung on what they known as the psycho-physical challenge. Pauli thought of the pointy differences among wisdom and religion and among spirit and topic as risky. He idea they need to supplement one another in our comprehension of fact. Professor Laurikainen right here for the 1st time describes Pauli's principles intimately. His publication is predicated at the huge and as but unpublished correspondence among Pauli and M. Fierz. Its cautious research provides intensity and readability to the few courses by way of Pauli on philosophical difficulties and explains why Pauli grasped the which means of atomic idea extra deeply than even Niels Bohr himself. The ebook should still curiosity either philosophers and physicists and will inspire extra reviews on Pauli the humanist and his contribution to our knowing of reality.
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Extra info for Beyond the Atom: The Philosophical Thought of Wolfgang Pauli
It is significant that side by side with the general acceptance of the idea of absolute space a revival of atomist doctrine took place at the beginning of the Modem Ages. According to Neoplatonism, the transcendental One--God--was the basis of existence; we are unable to gain knowledge of Him through our intellect The One created, out of His "overwhelming fullness", the World ofIdeas, the structure of which we can comprehend through our reason. It is a world in which logic reigns supreme. Geometry gives the best conception of the World of Ideas, which has a changeless--invariant--Iogical structure and in which plurality reduces to unity with the aid of logic.
Newton ended up dealing with the Neoplatonist trend of thought in Cambridge through Henry More in particular (who was also mentioned by Pauli in his letter). In addition to Platonian philosophy, More was also affected by Near Eastern mysticism, particularly that of Jewish philosophy. Judaism includes the idea of God as the "place" ("makom") of events. " Thus space and, correspondingly, time became absolutes for Newton, even "divine" concepts which existed independent of matter, "before things".
He tended to think that the irrationality of individual events displayed something similar to the world spirit (anima mundi) of the Neoplatonist's world, governing changes in the world. Pauli's strong emphasis on the irrationality of reality is essentially equivalent to Bohr's advocating of the idea of complementarity. Both express the fact that the events of the material world ("phenomenal world") are not governed by an absolute causality, but rather, by a causality which is fundamentally statistical in nature.
Beyond the Atom: The Philosophical Thought of Wolfgang Pauli by Professor Dr. Kalervo V. Laurikainen (auth.)