[Wittrs] The Quest for Reality: Bohr and Wittgenstein

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In both science and philosophy, the twentieth century saw a radical breakdown 
of certainty in the human worldview, as quantum uncertainty and linguistic 
ambiguity destroyed the comfortable certitudes of the past. As these 
disciplines form the foundation for a human position in the world, a major 
epistemological reorganization had to take place. In this book, quantum 
theorist Stig Stenholm presents Bohr and Wittgenstein, in physics and in 
philosophy, as central figures representing this revision. Each of them took up 
the challenge of replacing apparent order and certainty with a provisional 
understanding based on limited concepts in constant flux. Stenholm concludes 
that the modern synthesis created by their heirs is far from satisfactory, and 
the story is so far an unfinished one. The book will appeal to any researcher 
in either discipline curious about the foundation of modern science, and works 
to provoke a renewal of discussion, and the eventual
 emergence of a reformed clarity and understanding. 

1. Prelude: The modern stance
2. Twilight of the gods
3. The view from Copenhagen
4. Epistemological interlude
5. Wittgenstein enters the scene
6. Shaky foundations
7. Physics interface
8. Philosophical consequences
9. Metaphysics and reality
10. Concluding epilogue 

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