Heisenberg proved Immanuel Kant wrong.

Causality, the relationship of cause and effect, the principle that everything has a cause, is a mistake - Comment on 2012 June 26

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Heisenberg has proved the philosopher Immanuel Kant wrong and discovered processes which go off without causality. Read more:

I had brought an entry about Weizsäcker, 2012 Jun 22 (2) – Weizsäcker was always dead wrong, and there it was about an article about the 100th birthday of him and today I now read a further article about this occasion and this article wrote even more negatively about this man. The heading was: “The philosopher who loved the atom bomb. After 1945 the nuclear physicist Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker played the radical pacifist. But in the Third Reich he pushed the building of a plutonium bomb and propagated its employment.”

I am dealing with this article which I read today because it contains an interesting detail from the history of quantum mechanics.

Here a part of this article I read today:

Already this sketch shows the vast width of the life of Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker who was born as son of the state secretary in the foreign office, Ernst von Weizsäcker, who was sentenced 1949 in Nürnberg for crimes against humanity, and whose brother Richard, born 1920, was German federal president for ten years (1984-1994).

But even such extensive political dimensions pale against the scientific revolutions which Carl Friedrich von Weitzsäcker could experience and help to form and which let come a new “Weltbild der Physik” (world picture of physics) into being, which no-one has so convincingly described as he himself, and that is under this title, which is available until today and worth reading, in the year 1943, therefore in young years and in the middle of times of war.

"Zum Weltbild der Physik", linguistically elegant and philosophically convincing, traces the dramatic change which has led from the classical form of science with deterministic laws to its version with quantum leaps and the probabilities belonging to it, which in the middle of the twenties could be presented, which was owing to Werner Heisenberg, born 1901.

While today one often speaks of the “favour of the late birth”, Weizsäcker had to suffer under the “curse of the late birth” because the new physics had been made by scientists who were born either still in the 19th century or latest 1902.

Von Weizsäcker was 15 years old when his future teacher Heisenberg surprised him with the news that he has proved the philosopher Immanuel Kant wrong and discovered processes which go off without causality. Heisenberg told the boy something about an indetermination on the nuclear plane who now saw full of enthusiasm how one could philosophize in the 20th century, namely after one has understood the new physics and the world picture belonging to it.

The understanding of the atoms and their stability, which was possible with the quantum leaps, could get extended in the thirties for the atomic nucleus and applied to it, to understand their holding together and transformation, and for this Weizsäcker supplied his most important physical contributions, which he condensed in his book about “Die Atomkerne” (The atomic nuclei).

The interesting part here is “Heisenberg surprised him with the news that he has proved the philosopher Immanuel Kant wrong and discovered processes which go off without causality. Heisenberg told the boy something about an indetermination on the nuclear plane”

That was when Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who was born 100 years ago, was 15 years old, therefore in the year 1927 and that are now 85 years ago. For 85 years it is now known to science that causality does not really exist. Cause and effect is not that what we think it is.

Causality, the relationship of cause and effect, the principle that everything has a cause, is wrong.

And this error, which is known for 85 years, seems to be unknown with the present physicists, at least with the majority of them, and with most of the people who write about scientific things, and with most of the people who read and discuss scientific things. It is either unknown or the knowledge about it is repressed. They behave the same way as the typical representatives of religious groups, sects, cults, denominations.

Now I want to once again come back to the entry mentioned above, 2012 Jun 22 (2) – Weizsäcker was always dead wrong, and quote more from that article dealt with there. The quote now following brings also details about the time of the coming into being of quantum mechanics:

The most important setting the course of his life the 14 year old experiences in the winter of 1926 in Copenhagen. Father Ernst von Weizsäcker works there as diplomat in the German embassy. Mother Marianne one evening comes inspired from an evening of music and reports about a young German physicist who played the piano extremely well. Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker knows already the name Werner Heisenberg from his astronomy periodical. “You must invite him”, he urges his mother.

Next to the playing of the piano Heisenberg is busy in Copenhagen to develop quantum mechanics with the Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr and to revolutionize physics with it. Together they now describe the Bohr atom model mathematically with the help of quantum mechanics so excellently that it is valid till today.

Heisenberg follows the invitation of the house Weizsäcker. At dinner he persuades the young Carl Friedrich to study physics. A suspense-filled friendship begins. In spring 1927 they meet again in Berlin. And still in the taxi Heisenberg excitedly reports about his newly discovered indeterminate relation. It says that one can measure the location of a particle but not its impulse – or vice versa. Later Weizsäcker reports he has seen in this moment the splendour of discoveries break through, how they are made only once in a century. The remarkable dualism of particle and wave is described physically.

Max Planck, Albert Einstein and many other scientists create a complete new physics in the first decades of the past century. Now Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker still strongly toys with philosophy, but soon he follows the advice of Heisenberg who calls physics an honest craft.

It says there, “to develop quantum mechanics and to revolutionize physics with it” and “a complete new physics.”

But the revolution does not seem to have really taken place, at least not for the majority of physicists. It seems to have gone down in the counter-revolution of the reactionaries.

The revolution was that the spiritual in the world of matter and in the universe was discovered and the counter-revolutionaries, the materialist and atheists, countered, and were quite successful with it. One can read it in the media almost every day.

 

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