Erwin Schroedinger has been described as one of the greatest figures of theoretical physics, but there is another side to the man: not only did his work revolutionize physics, it also radically changed the foundations of our modern world-view, modern biology, philosophy of science, philosophy of the mind, and epistemology. This book explores the lesser-known aspects of Schroedinger's thought, revealing the physicist as a philosopher and polymath whose ideas anticipated the current merging of the natural and the social sciences and the humanities. 13 renowned scientists and philosophers have contributed to the volume. Part I reveals the philosophical importance of Schroedinger's work as a physicist. Part II examines his theory of life and of the self-organization of matter. Part III shows how Schroedinger's ideas have influenced contemporary philosophy of nature and our modern view of the world, drawing a picture of the ongoing synthesis of nature and culture.
E. Schroedinger - a bibliographical sketch. Part 1 Physics in the philosophical system of Erwin Schroedinger: Erwin Schroedinger and the philosophy of the physicists; holistic aspects of the Schrodinger equation; Schroedinger's cat and the interpretation of quantum mechanics; the Schroedinger function of macroscopic systems. Part 2 Life sciences and the theories of self in Erwin Schroedinger's philosophical system: Schroedinger's negentropy concept and biology; determination and self-organization - Erwin Schroedinger's views on chance; Schroedinger, the self and the genes; Erwin Schroedinger and his contribution to a new understanding of living systems. Part 3 Erwin Schroedinger's world view and his philosophical system: on the scientific and humanistic thinking of Erwin Schroedinger during his last years; Erwin Schroedinger as historian - notes towards an interpretation; Erwin Schroedinger's position in the Einstein-Bohr debate; the notion of consciousness in Schroedinger's philosophy of nature; remembering Schroedinger; the study of nature and the emergence of world view - philosophical reflections on E. Schreodinger's approach.