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Human Certainty Principle, of Science, Spirituality, and Experience

Benjamin D Koen

in Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195367744
eISBN:
9780199867295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367744.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter 7 builds upon the concepts of unity and oneness, and the dynamics of balance and vibration, to frame the roles that music, sound, prayer, breath, movement, and meditation play in ... More


Field quantization

J. C. Garrison and R. Y. Chiao

in Quantum Optics

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780198508861
eISBN:
9780191708640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508861.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The cavity-mode quantization conjecture of Chapter 2 is replaced by local commutation relations — which are independent of the size and shape of the cavity — between field-operator components. This ... More


Never Certain

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167375
eISBN:
9780199787104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The grain of nature is not infinitesimally fine. Neither momentum nor energy nor anything else in nature can be sliced so thinly as to fade away on a microscopic scale. Every transaction is processed ... More


The Coulomb problem in n space dimensions

Adam M. Bincer

in Lie Groups and Lie Algebras: A Physicist's Perspective

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199662920
eISBN:
9780191745492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662920.003.0021
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The Hamiltonian for the Coulomb problem in n space dimensions is given. It involves the two n-vectors R and P , which ... More


What the Physicist said to the Poet: How Physicists Used the Ideal of Poetry to Talk about Uncertainty

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The chapter shows how postwar poets encountered strong negative or idealized images of poetry in the writings of physicists and other scientists. Physicists sometimes referred to an abstraction of ... More


The Development of the Quantum State

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters: Consciousness and Choice in a Quantum World

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198240686
eISBN:
9780191680236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

One way in which the quantum mechanical state of a particle can change is by measurement According to the quantum theory, when an observable of a particle is precisely measured, the state of that ... More


My Dear Li: Correspondence, 1937-1946

Werner Heisenberg and Elisabeth Heisenberg

Anna Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300196931
eISBN:
9780300225013
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196931.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Werner Heisenberg lived far from his wife, Elisabeth, during most of the Second World War. An eminent scientist, Werner headed Germany’s national atomic research project ... More


Method, Moment, and Crisis in Weimar Science

Cathryn Carson

in Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691135106
eISBN:
9781400846788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines how a self-consciously “Weimar science” came together, meaning how the Weimar moment was experienced and theorized by intellectuals preoccupied with science. It surveys ... More


Critique of the Standard Interpretation

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198239802
eISBN:
9780191597466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198239807.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Von Neumann's unification of Schroedinger's and Heisenberg's formalisms came with an interpretation of quantum theory involving two principles. The first is that assertions about the values of ... More


Theorems on order

Barry M. McCoy

in Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199556632
eISBN:
9780191723278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556632.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter discusses Hales proof of Kepler's conjecture for densest packing of hard spheres and recent extensions to hard ellipsoids. It gives the proofs of lack of certain types of order in one ... More


High temperature expansions for magnets at H = 0

Barry M. McCoy

in Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199556632
eISBN:
9780191723278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556632.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter presents the results of high temperature series expansions for classical n component spin models with nearest neighbor interactions for two and three dimensions. In dimension three this ... More


The new ETH professor

Charles P. Enz

in No Time to be Brief: A scientific biography of Wolfgang Pauli

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198564799
eISBN:
9780191713835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564799.003.0006
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter begins with a discussion of the two important papers Pauli wrote with Heisenberg. The activity was stimulated by Dirac who on 2 February 1927 submitted his first paper on quantum ... More


Algebraic Tools

Robert Alicki and Mark Fannes

in Quantum Dynamical Systems

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198504009
eISBN:
9780191708503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198504009.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter introduces an abstract algebraic language unifying the description of classical systems, finite quantum systems, and infinite ones, the last appearing in particle and statistical ... More


Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom: The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913–1925

Helge Kragh

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199654987
eISBN:
9780191741692
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654987.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The theory of atomic structure proposed by the young Danish physicist Niels Bohr in 1913 marked the true beginning of modern atomic and quantum physics. This is the first book that focuses in detail ... More


Models of Quantum Matter: A First Course on Integrability and the Bethe Ansatz

Hans-Peter Eckle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780199678839
eISBN:
9780191878589
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199678839.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This book focuses on the theory of quantum matter, strongly interacting systems of quantum many–particle physics, particularly on their study using exactly solvable and quantum integrable models with ... More


Beyond the Stone–von Neumann Theorem

Laura Ruetsche

in Interpreting Quantum Theories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199535408
eISBN:
9780191728525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535408.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter catalogs circumstances under which the reassuring uniqueness results presented in Chapter 2 break down. The Stone-von Neumann theorem presupposes a continuity condition; with that ... More


Many Histories

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins by discussing a sense in which simple interference effects are destroyed when a system's environment becomes correlated with its state — a phenomenon called decoherence. It then ... More


1937

Werner Heisenberg and Elisabeth Heisenberg

Anna Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg (ed.)

in My Dear Li: Correspondence, 1937-1946

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300196931
eISBN:
9780300225013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196931.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter recounts the weeks leading up to the wedding of Werner Heisenberg and Elisabeth Schumacher, from March 15 to April 26 of the year 1937. The letters from their period of engagement reveal ... More


Crisis: The End of the Bohr Model

Helge Kragh

in Niels Bohr and the Quantum Atom: The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure 1913–1925

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199654987
eISBN:
9780191741692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654987.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Failed attempts to understand the anomalous Zeeman effect contributed to the feeling of crisis that by 1924 characterized parts of the physics community. The solution proposed by W. Heisenberg’s ... More


New Timer: Finding Mr. Heisenberg Instead

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262478
eISBN:
9780520948792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, the authors discuss moral questions they apply each time they commit an act of journalism that goes beyond the basic “who, what, when, where, and why.” The moral question comes down ... More


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