Erwin Schrödinger: an introduction to his writings by William Taussig Scott

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29 29What is Life? and Other Scientific Essays (Garden City, New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1956). Cited hereafter as WIL. Page 13 Among these lines of thought are those involving the statistical explanation of macroscopic phenomena in terms of atomism, wave mechanics itself, and the interpretation of wave mechanics as an approach to a clear and comprehensible form of quantum theory. All of these areas relate to problems of freedom and causality, as well as to problems of the relation of the observer to the world observed, and thus have a direct connection with his philosophical interest.

Radioactivity and cosmic rays B. Acoustics C. Surface tension D. Classical dynamics E. X-ray interference F. Color vision and pigments G. Electrodynamics and optics H. Superconductivity 23 A full listing of all Schrödinger's papers for which I could find reference is given in the Bibliography. The term book excludes collections of previously published papers. Page 10 Schrödinger's philosophical writings are also wide-ranging, if more difficult to classify exactly. While most of his writings overlap several topics, an approximate classification is possible: I.

See the use of this calculation by W. Feller: An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications (New York: Wiley, 1950), pp. 223224. 41 J. Willard Gibbs, Scientific Papers (New York: Longmans, Green, 1906), I, 165168. 42 W. Nernst, Die theoretischen und experimentellen Grundlagen des neuen Wärmesatzes (Halle: W. Knappes, 1918). 43Statistical Thermodynamics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1946 and 1952), p. 71. Page 23 different theories ranged all the way from an (at the time) unobservable 10-40K to the experimentally false value of room temperature.

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