” Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature, it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves. “


” The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving, and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science. “


” It is generally believed that our science is empirical and that we draw our concepts and our mathematical constructs from the empirical data. If this were the whole truth, we should, when entering into a new field, introduce only such quantities as can directly be observed, and formulate natural laws only by means of these quantities. “


” One may say that in a state of science where fundamental concepts have to be changed, tradition is both the condition for progress and a hindrance. Hence, it usually takes a long time before the new concepts are generally accepted. “


” Although the theory of relativity makes the greatest of demands on the ability for abstract thought, still it fulfills the traditional requirements of science insofar as it permits a division of the world into subject and object (observer and observed) and, hence, a clear formulation of the law of causality. “



All 5 Werner Heisenberg Quotes about Science in picture


Natural science, does not simply describe and explain nature, it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.
The violent reaction on the recent development of modern physics can only be understood when one realises that here the foundations of physics have started moving, and that this motion has caused the feeling that the ground would be cut from science.
It is generally believed that our science is empirical and that we draw our concepts and our mathematical constructs from the empirical data. If this were the whole truth, we should, when entering into a new field, introduce only such quantities as can directly be observed, and formulate natural laws only by means of these quantities.
One may say that in a state of science where fundamental concepts have to be changed, tradition is both the condition for progress and a hindrance. Hence, it usually takes a long time before the new concepts are generally accepted.
Although the theory of relativity makes the greatest of demands on the ability for abstract thought, still it fulfills the traditional requirements of science insofar as it permits a division of the world into subject and object (observer and observed) and, hence, a clear formulation of the law of causality.

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