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By Professor Dr. Kalervo V. Laurikainen (auth.)

The Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) used to be known as the judgment of right and wrong of physics. He used to be well-known for his sharp and demanding brain which made him a valuable determine one of the founders of quantum physics. He additionally was once a superb thinker, specifically drawn to discovering a brand new belief of fact and of causality. A cautious learn of the unique assets of the previous culminated in his research of Kepler and of medieval symbolism, an idea that performed a critical position in his dialogue with Carl Jung on what they referred to as the psycho-physical challenge. Pauli thought of the pointy differences among wisdom and religion and among spirit and topic as harmful. He notion they need to supplement one another in our comprehension of fact. Professor Laurikainen the following for the 1st time describes Pauli's rules intimately. His ebook relies at the huge and as but unpublished correspondence among Pauli and M. Fierz. Its cautious research provides intensity and readability to the few courses by means of Pauli on philosophical difficulties and explains why Pauli grasped the which means of atomic thought extra deeply than even Niels Bohr himself. The booklet should still curiosity either philosophers and physicists and will inspire extra reviews on Pauli the humanist and his contribution to our realizing of reality.

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Pauli noted that a denial of God always appears to lead to somekind of surrogate for an image of God, as in Schopenhauer's will, Nietzsche's will to power, Freud's superego, Marx's matter and dialectics, etc. Pauli stated that modern man's God-image does not seem to contain any kind of consciousness; Schopenhauer's 'will', for example, is completely irrational and illogical. At the heart of the above-quoted passage lies the question of the relation between the inner world of the subject and the reality he is searching for.

Pauli's point of real interest, however, was that time when physics reached the synthesis presented by Newton--in other words, "the period when space and time were not yet up there", that is, on the Olympus of Absoluteness. Pauli was disturbed by the "shirt of Nessos" formed by the space-time continuum of modern physics. A central theme of Pauli's "positivistic criticism" was the idea that further revolution was needed in microphysics regarding the concepts of space and time. This criticism centered in particular around quantum field theory which is the most sensitive part of relativistic quantum theory.

Geometry gives the best conception of the World of Ideas, which has a changeless--invariant--Iogical structure and in which plurality reduces to unity with the aid of logic. According to the philosophy of Eleatics, the truly existing--that which really is--is one and invariant. It was the daring idea of Parmenides which manifested a According to Neoplatonism, the World of Ideas gave birth to a spiritual world out of its completeness, which is the basis for the phenomenal world perceptible to the senses.

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