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Positivismus und reale Aussenwelt: Vortrag, ge-halten am 12 November 1930 im Harnack-Haus der Kaiser Wilhelm-Gesellschaft für Förderung der Wissenschaften

Nature volume 128, page 289 (22 August 1931) | Download Citation



THIS is a striking addition to the much-discussed pronouncements of physicists on the philosophical bearings of their new theories. Prof. Planck reveals himself as an idealist, having many beliefs in common with Sir Arthur Eddington and Sir James Jeans. His exposition of scientific method, and his views on the principle of causality and on the problem of free-will are a penetrating analysis of certain fundamental questions which are still a puzzle to the philosopher. Though Prof. Planck s message is hopeful, it is doubtful whether it should be taken as the final explanation of modern physics.

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