It happened on DECEMBER 5

1901

Werner Heisenberg was born in Wurzburg (Germany). A German theoretical physicist, he won the Nobel Prize in 1932 for his essential contributions to quantum mechanics. He also took up epistemology and was interested in the humanistic ramifications resulting from the new horizons opened up by quantum mechanics. He published interdisciplinary works titled Physics and Philosophy (1958) and Physics and Beyond (1971). Like many researches, Heisenberg was surprised by the order and rationality of the real world. Referring to the same perception had by Einstein, he wrote: “Einstein's conception is closer to mine. His God is somehow involved in the immutable laws of nature. Einstein has a feeling for the central order of things. He can detect it in the simplicity of natural laws. […] I don't believe Einstein is tied to any religious tradition, and I rather think the idea of a personal God is entirely foreign to him. But as far as he is concerned there is no split between science and religion: the central order is part of the subjective as well as the objective realm, and this strikes me as being a far better starting point” (Physics and Beyond: Encounters and Conversation [London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1971]).

 


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