Complementarity Beyond Physics (1928-1962)

Complementarity Beyond Physics (1928-1962)

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  • Editor: D. Favrholdt
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This volume is divided into five parts. The title of the volume refers primarily to part I, which is by far the largest and comprises papers discussing the fundamental questions of biology and related psychological and philosophical problems. Following the reproduction of papers brought to publication by Bohr, there is a separate Appendix to Part I including some of Bohr's most interesting and substantive unpublished contributions in this area. The papers in Part I span the last thirty years of Bohr's life and display his great interest in biological problems and his unremitting efforts to show that biology cannot be reduced to physics and chemistry. Part II contains articles of a more general cultural interest. Some of these show that Bohr regarded the complementary perspective to be of value also outside the scientific sphere. Part III contains the articles Bohr wrote about the great Danish philosopher Harald Høffding. These short papers are presented in a section on their own because of the continuing discussion in the history of science about Høffding's possible influence on Bohr's work in physics and his whole scientific approach. Part IV comprises articles illuminating the history of 20th century physics. Bohr had great veneration for his predecessors and teachers, and he prepared these articles with great care. Part V contains correspondence relating to the material in Parts I through IV. As in previous volumes an inventory of relevant unpublished manuscripts held at the Niels Bohr Archive constitutes an appendix to the whole volume.

Table of Contents

  • General Editor's Preface. Foreword. Contents Earlier volumes of the Niels Bohr Collected Works. Abbreviated titles of periodicals. Other abbreviations. Acknowledgements. General Introduction, ``Complementarity Beyond Physics''. 1. Bohr's First Published Statements. 2. Early Origins of Bohr's View. 3. Outline of Bohr's Philosophical Views. Language and the Conditions for Description. ``We are both spectators and actors'' Subject and Consciousness. Psychophysical Parallelism.

    Introduction. 1. Bohr's View on Biology. 2. Contemporaneous Discussions of Bohr's View. I Light and Life, Nature 131 (1933) 421-423, 457-459. II Causality and Complementarity, Phil. Sci. 4 (1937) 289-298. III Biology and Atomic Physics, ``Celebrazione del secondo centenario della nascita di Luigi Galvani'', Bologna - 18-21 ottobre 1937-XV: I. Rendiconto generale, Tipografia Luigi Parma 1938, pp. 68-78IV Analysis and Synthesis in Science, International Encyclopedia of Unified Science 1 (1938) 28. V Medical Research and Natural Philosophy, Acta Medica Scandinavica (Suppl.) 142 (1952) 967-972. VI Address at the Opening Ceremony, Acta Radiologica (Suppl.) 116 (1954) 15-18. VII Unity of Knowledge, ``The Unity of Knowledge'' (ed. L. Leary), Doubleday & Co., New York 1955, pp. 47-62. VIII Physical Science and Man's Position, Ingeniøren 64 (1955) 810-814. IX Preface and Introduction, ``Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge'', John Wiley & Sons, New York 1958, pp. v-vi, 1-2. X Physical Science and the Problem of Life, ``Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge'', John Wiley & Sons, New York 1958, pp. 94-101. XI Quantum Physics and Biology, Symposia of the Society for Experimental Biology, Number XIV: ``Models and Analogues in Biology'', Cambridge 1960, pp. 1-5. Editor's Note. XII Physical Models and Living Organisms, ``Light and Life'' (eds. W.D. McElroy and B. Glass), The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore 1961, pp. 1-3. XIII Address at the Second International Germanist Congress, ``Spätzeiten und Spätzeitlichkeit'', Francke Verlag, Bern 1962, pp. 9-11. XIV The Connection between the Sciences, Journal Mondial de Pharmacie, No. 3, Juillet-Decembre 1960, pp. 262-267. XV The Unity of Human Knowledge, Revue de la Fondation Européenne de la Culture, July 1961, pp. 63-66. XVI Light and Life Revisited, ICSU Review 5 (1963) 194-199. Appendix, Selected Unpublished Writings. Editor's Remarks. Causality and Complementarity - Summary of the Gifford lectures; Unpublished Manuscript. The Karl Taylor Compton lectures - The Philosophical Lesson of Atomic Physics, Sixth Lecture; Unpublished Transcript. Atoms and Human Knowledge; Published Pamphlet. Address at the University of Brussels; Unpublished Manuscript.

    Part II. COMPLEMENTARITY IN OTHER FIELDS. Introduction. I. Speech Given at the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the Student Graduation Class; Tale ved studenterjubiloeet 1903-1928, Unpublished Manuscript. Translation. II. Natural Philosophy and Human Cultures, Congrès international des sciences anthropologiques et ethnologiques, compte rendu de la deuxième session, Copenhague 1938, Ejnar Munksgaard, Copenhagen 1939, pp. 86-95. III. Danish Culture. Some Introductory Reflections; Dansk Kultur. Nogle indledende Betragtninger, ``Danmarks Kultur ved Aar 1940'', Det Danske Forlag, Copenhagen 1941-1943, Vol. 1, pp. 9-17. Translation. IV. Physical Science and the Study of Religions, Studia Orientalia Ioanni Pedersen Septuagenario A.D. VII id. Nov. Anno MCMLIII, Ejnar Munksgaard, Copenhagen 1953, pp. 385-390. V. Atomic Science and the Crisis of Humanity; Atomvidenskaben og menneskehedens krise, Politiken, 20 April 1961. Translation.

    Part III. PAPERS ON HARALD HØFFDING. Introduction. At Harald Høffding's 85th Birthday; Ved Harald Høffdings 85 Aars-Dag, Berlingske Tidende, 10 March 1928. Translation. II Tribute to the Memory of Harald Høffding; Mindeord over Harald Høffding, Overs. Dan. Vidensk. Selsk. Virks. Juni 1931 - Maj 1932, pp. 131-136. Translation. III Harald Høffding's 100th Birthday; Harald Høffdings 100-Aars Fødselsdag, Overs. Dan. Vidensk. Selsk. Virks. Juni 1942 - Maj 1943, pp. 57-58 Translation.

    Part IV. HISTORICAL PAPERS. Introduction. I. Zeeman Effect and Theory of Atomic Constitution, ``Zeeman, Verhandelingen'', Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague 1935, pp. 131-134. II. Hans Christian Ørsted; Fys. Tidsskr. 49 (1951) 6-20. Translation. III. Rydberg's Discovery of the Spectral Laws, Proceedings of the Rydberg Centennial Conference on Atomic Spectroscopy, Lunds Universitets Arsskrift. N.F. Avd. 2. Bd. 50. Nr 21 (1955) 15-21. IV. The Rutherford Memorial Lecture 1958: Reminiscences of the Founder of Nuclear Science and of Some Developments Based on his Work, Proc. Phys. Soc. 78 (1961) 1083-1115. References (unpublished). V. The Genesis Of Quantum Mechanics, ``Essays 1958-1962 on Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge'', Interscience Publishers, New York 1963, pp. 74-78. VI. The Solvay Meetings and the Development of Quantum Physics, ``La theorie quantique des champs'', Douzieme Conseil de physique tenu a l'Universite Libre de Bruxelles du 9 au 14 octobre 1961, Interscience Publishers, New York 1962, pp. 13-36.

    Part V. SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE. Introduction. Correspondence Included. Correspondents: Charles G. Darwin. Max Delbruck. Paul A.M. Dirac.Walter M. Elsasser. H.P.E. Hansen. Harald Høffding. Pascual Jordan. Oskar Klein. Otto Meyerhof. Wolfgang Pauli. Edgar Rubin.


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  • No. of pages: 610
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 1999
  • Published: March 2, 1999
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080871080
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444899729

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Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark

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