Correspondence and Complementarity in Niels Bohr’s Papers: 1925–1927

  • Salvo D’Agostino
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 213)


Niels Bohr devoted many of his reflections to epistemological and philosophical matters, though he declared that he did not consider himself a philosopher. The philosophical sides of his work were differently evaluated by scientists and philosophers: highly estimated by scientists (Heisenberg, Rosenfeld, Weizsacker, etc.), severely criticised1 by epistemologists such as Popper, Margenau, Park, etc.


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  • Salvo D’Agostino
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  1. 1.Università “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

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