Reality and Its Order

  • Werner Heisenberg
  • Konrad Kleinknecht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Helmut Rechenberg
    Pages 1-17
  3. Werner Heisenberg
    Pages 19-121

About this book


Available here for the first time in English, "Reality and Its Order" is a remarkable philosophical text by Werner Heisenberg, the father of quantum mechanics and one of the leading scientists of the 20th century. Written during the wartime years and initially distributed only to his family and trusted friends, the essay describes Heisenberg’s philosophical view of how we understand the natural world and our role within it. In this volume, the essay is introduced by the physicist Helmut Rechenberg and annotated by the science historian Ernst Peter Fischer. The content, particularly within its historical context, will be of great interest to many physicists, philosophers and historians of science.


Heisenberg's philosophy Physics and Epistemology Physics and Religion Ordnung der Wirklichkeit Nature of consciousness Humans and the natural world History of physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Werner Heisenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.MünchenGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Kleinknecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Heisenberg-GesellschaftMünchenGermany

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