Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg

German physicist
5 December 1901 — 1 February 1976

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In the history of science, ever since the famous trial of Galileo, it has repeatedly been claimed that scientific truth cannot be reconciled with the religious interpretation of the world. Although I an now convinced that scientific truth is unassailable in its own field, I have never found it possible to dismiss the content of religious thinking as simply part of an outmoded phase in the consciousness of mankind, a part we shall have to give up from now on, Thus in the course of my life I have repeatedly been compelled to ponder on the relationship of these two regions of though, for I have never been able to doubt the reality of that to which they point.

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

The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.

Can nature possibly be so absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments?


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