Heisenberg Triumphant

  • Alexander S. BlumEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)


In this section, I will discuss two key breakthroughs achieved by Heisenberg in the years 1957/58, which ultimately convinced him that he was on the right track, led him to present his theory in several overblown public presentations, and temporarily even convinced Pauli to join Heisenberg in his endeavor. The two breakthroughs concerned the possible mathematical consistency of the theory and its possible empirical adequacy in the face of the burgeoning number of new particles being discovered at high-energy accelerators. We will discuss these two breakthroughs in turn, beginning with the question of consistency.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für WissenschaftsgeschichteBerlinGermany

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