Heisenberg in the Atomic Age

Heisenberg in the Atomic Age

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The end of the Second World War opened a new era for science in public life. Heisenberg in the Atomic Age explores the transformations of science's public presence in the postwar Federal Republic of Germany. It shows how Heisenberg's philosophical commentaries, circulating in the mass media, secured his role as science's public philosopher, and it reflects on his policy engagements and public political stands, which helped redefine the relationship between science and the state. With deep archival grounding, the book tracks Heisenberg's interactions with intellectuals from Heidegger to Habermas and political leaders from Adenauer to Brandt. It also traces his evolving statements about his wartime research on nuclear fission for the National Socialist regime. Working between the history of science and German history, the book's central theme is the place of scientific rationality in public life - after the atomic bomb, in the wake of the Third Reich.However, for insight into the Societya#39;s internal dynamics, the budget was not even the best indicator.17 Sometime in the early 1960s, quantitative changes turned into qualitative ... On the whole their influence, at least in this forum, did not change much. But as Ernst ... 21 20 Societya#39;s internal balance was slowly being reset.

Title:Heisenberg in the Atomic Age
Author: Cathryn Carson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-01-11

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