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Werner Heisenberg

Geburtstag: 5. Dezember 1901
Todesdatum: 1. Februar 1976

Werner Karl Heisenberg war ein deutscher Wissenschaftler und Nobelpreisträger, der zu den bedeutendsten Physikern des 20. Jahrhunderts zählt. Er gab 1925 die erste mathematische Formulierung der Quantenmechanik an und formulierte 1927 die nach ihm benannte Heisenbergsche Unschärferelation, die eine der fundamentalen Aussagen der Quantenmechanik trifft – nämlich, dass bestimmte Messgrößen eines Teilchens nicht gleichzeitig beliebig genau bestimmt sind. Für die Begründung der Quantenmechanik wurde er 1932 mit dem Nobelpreis für Physik ausgezeichnet.

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„Bildung ist das, was übrig bleibt, wenn man alles vergessen hat, was man gelernt hat.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Schritte über Grenzen, Rede zur 100-Jahrfeier des Max-Gymnasiums, Piper 1973, S.106; in ähnlicher Form auch Albert Einstein, Mark Twain und Edward Wood, 1. Earl of Halifax zugeschrieben

„Je mehr ich über den physikalischen Teil der Schrödingerschen Theorie nachdenke, desto abscheulicher finde ich ihn. [.. ] Was Schrödinger über die Anschaulichkeit seiner Theorie schreibt „dürfte wohl kaum eine sinngemäße…“ in a. W. ich finde es Mist. Die große Leistung der Schrödingerschen Theorie ist die Berechnung der Matritzenlemente [.. ].“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg am 8. Juni 1926 in einem Brief an Wolfgang Pauli, zitiert in: Jagdish Mehra, Helmut Rechenberg: The creation of wave mechanics, early response and applications, 1925-1926. New York: Springer, cop. 1987. (Erwin Schrödinger and the rise of wave mechanics; part 2) S. 821f.

„Wissenschaft wird von Menschen gemacht“

—  Werner Heisenberg

der erste Satz seiner Autobiografie Der Teil und das Ganze, Piper & Co. Verlag München 1969 zitiert in Wolfgang Rößler: Eine kleine Nachtphysik, Birkhäuser Verlag 2007, ISBN 978-3-76437-743-4, S. 10

„Die Wirklichkeit, von der wir sprechen können, ist nie die Wirklichkeit an sich, sondern […] eine von uns gestaltete Wirklichkeit.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Ordnung der Wirklichkeit, München, Piper, 1989, S. 59 - ISBN 3-492-10945-4
Oft wie in Paul Watzlawick: "Vom Unsinn des Sinns oder vom Sinn des Unsinns", S. 56f., mit der falschen Quellenangabe: Werner Heisenberg: Physik und Philosophie, S. Hirtzel, Stuttgart, 1959, 2. Aufl., München 2005, (stets ohne Seitenangabe). Richtig nennt Paul Watzlawick als Quelle "Ordnung der Wirklichkeit" in seinem Vortrag Wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_BopjccbGQ - (YouTube Audio ab Minute 09:00).

„Ein Fachmann ist ein Mann, der einige der gröbsten Fehler kennt, die man in dem betreffenden Fach machen kann und der sie deshalb zu vermeiden versteht.“

—  Werner Heisenberg, buch Der Teil und das Ganze

Mitgeteilt von Werner Heisenberg in: "Der Teil und das Ganze. Gespräche im Umkreis der Atomphysik". R. Piper & Co., München, 1969, http://www.zeit.de/1969/34/kein-chaos-aus-dem-nicht-wieder-ordnung-wuerde/komplettansicht
Variante: Ein Fachmann ist ein Mann, der einige der gröbsten Fehler kennt, die man in dem betreffenden Fach machen kann, und der sie deshalb zu vermeiden versteht.

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„The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

“Der erste Trunk aus dem Becher der Naturwissenschaft macht atheistisch, aber auf dem Grund des Bechers wartet Gott.” in 15 Jahrhunderte Würzburg: e. Stadt u. ihre Geschichte [15 centuries Würzburg. A city and its history] (1979), p. 205, by Heinz Otremba. Otremba does not declare his source, and the quote per se cannot be found in Heisenberg's published works.
The journalist Eike Christian Hirsch PhD, a personal acquaintance of Heisenberg, whom he interviewed for his 1981 book Expedition in die Glaubenswelt, claimed in de.wikiquote.org on 22 June 2015, that the content and style of the quote was completely foreign to Heisenberg's convictions and the way he used to express himself, and that Heisenberg's children, Dr. Maria Hirsch and Prof. Dr. Martin Heisenberg, did not recognize their father in this quote.
Statements similar to the quote were made by Francis Bacon, in "Of Atheism" (1601): "A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion", and Alexander Pope, in "An Essay on Criticism" (1709): "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again."
There is a passage in a lengthy essay written by Heisenberg in 1942, "Ordnung der Wirklichkeit” ("Reality and Its Order"), published in Collected Works. Section C: Philosophical and Popular Writings. Volume I. Physics and Cognition. 1927-1955 (1984), that parallels the ideas expressed in the quote (albeit in a much expanded form):
"The first thing we could say was simply: 'I believe in God, the Father, the almighty creator of heaven and earth.' The next step — at least for our contemporary consciousness — was doubt. There is no god; there is only an impersonal law that directs the fate of the world according to cause and effect... And yet [today], we may with full confidence place ourselves into the hands of the higher power who, during our lifetime and in the course of the centuries, determines our faith and therewith our world and our fate." (English translation by M.B.Rumscheidt and N. Lukens, available at http://www.heisenbergfamily.org/t-OdW-english.htm)
Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, a protégé of Heisenberg, did publish a version of the quote itself in Die Geschichte der Natur (The History of Nature) (1948), appearing to consider it an adage:
"Aus dem Denken gibt es keinen ehrlichen Rückweg in einen naiven Glauben. Nach einem alten Satz trennt uns der erste Schluck aus dem Becher der Erkenntnis von Gott, aber auf dem Grunde des Bechers wartet Gott auf den, der ihn sucht. Wenn es so ist, dann gibt es einen Weg des Denkens, der vorwärts zu religiösen Wahrheiten führt, und nur diesen Weg zu suchen ist lohnend. Wenn es nicht so ist, wird unsere Welt auf die Religion ihre Hoffnungen vergeblich setzen." ("From thinking there is no honest way back into a naive belief. According to an old phrase, the first sip from the cup of knowledge separates us from God, but at the bottom of the cup God is waiting for the one who seeks him. If so, then there is a way of thinking that leads to religious truths, and to seek only that way is rewarding. If it is not so, our world will put its hopes to religion in vain.")
Misattributed

„Any concepts or words which have been formed in the past through the interplay between the world and ourselves are not really sharply defined with respect to their meaning: that is to say, we do not know exactly how far they will help us in finding our way in the world.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Kontext: Any concepts or words which have been formed in the past through the interplay between the world and ourselves are not really sharply defined with respect to their meaning: that is to say, we do not know exactly how far they will help us in finding our way in the world. We often know that they can be applied to a wide range of inner or outer experience, but we practically never know precisely the limits of their applicability. This is true even of the simplest and most general concepts like "existence" and "space and time". Therefore, it will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.
The concepts may, however, be sharply defined with regard to their connections. This is actually the fact when the concepts become part of a system of axioms and definitions which can be expressed consistently by a mathematical scheme. Such a group of connected concepts may be applicable to a wide field of experience and will help us to find our way in this field. But the limits of the applicability will in general not be known, at least not completely.

„Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word "understanding."“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Quelle: Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science
Kontext: Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word "understanding."

„We have to remember that what we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

This has also appeared in the alternate form: "What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."
Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Variante: What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
Quelle: Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science

„Therefore, the mathematical forms that represent the elementary particles will be solutions of some eternal law of motion for matter.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Kontext: The equation of motion holds at all times, it is in this sense eternal, whereas the geometrical forms, like the orbits, are changing. Therefore, the mathematical forms that represent the elementary particles will be solutions of some eternal law of motion for matter. Actually this is a problem which has not yet been solved.<!-- p. 72

„The interest of research workers has frequently been focused on the phenomenon of regularly shaped crystals suddenly forming from a liquid“

—  Werner Heisenberg

The Development of Quantum Mechanics (1933)
Kontext: The interest of research workers has frequently been focused on the phenomenon of regularly shaped crystals suddenly forming from a liquid, e. g. a supersaturated salt solution. According to the atomic theory the forming force in this process is to a certain extent the symmetry characteristic of the solution to Schrödinger's wave equation, and to that extent crystallization is explained by the atomic theory. Nevertheless this process retains a statistical and — one might almost say — historical element which cannot be further reduced: even when the state of the liquid is completely known before crystallization, the shape of the crystal is not determined by the laws of quantum mechanics. The formation of regular shapes is just far more probable than that of a shapeless lump. But the ultimate shape owes its genesis partly to an element of chance which in principle cannot be analysed further.

„The Greek philosophers thought of static forms“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Kontext: The Greek philosophers thought of static forms and found them in the regular solids. Modern science, however, has from its beginning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries started from the dynamic problem. The constant element in physics since Newton is not a configuration or a geometrical form, but a dynamic law.<!-- p. 72

„The elementary particles are certainly not eternal and indestructible units of matter, they can actually be transformed into each other.“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Kontext: In the philosophy of Democritus the atoms are eternal and indestructible units of matter, they can never be transformed into each other. With regard to this question modern physics takes a definite stand against the materialism of Democritus and for Plato and the Pythagoreans. The elementary particles are certainly not eternal and indestructible units of matter, they can actually be transformed into each other. As a matter of fact, if two such particles, moving through space with a very high kinetic energy, collide, then many new elementary particles may be created from the available energy and the old particles may have disappeared in the collision. Such events have been frequently observed and offer the best proof that all particles are made of the same substance: energy. <!-- p. 71

„The equation of motion holds at all times, it is in this sense eternal“

—  Werner Heisenberg

Physics and Philosophy (1958)
Kontext: The equation of motion holds at all times, it is in this sense eternal, whereas the geometrical forms, like the orbits, are changing. Therefore, the mathematical forms that represent the elementary particles will be solutions of some eternal law of motion for matter. Actually this is a problem which has not yet been solved.<!-- p. 72

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