Talk:Werner Heisenberg

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Exact statement of the indetermination principle[edit]

Upon verifying the initial statement in "Über den anschaulichen Inhalt der quantentheoretischen Kinematik und Mechanik" in Zeitschrift für Physik, 43 (1927), there's no trace of the second part quoted "In the most extreme case, absolute precision of one variable would entail absolute imprecision regarding the other". This part seems to emanate from the AIP site. Unless someone can source it, I propose to remove it.--Arjen Dijksman 18:06, 5 September 2009 (UTC)


  • Nur wenige wissen, wie viel man wissen muss, um zu wissen, wie wenig man weiß.
    • Few know how much one must know in order to know how little one knows.

No known source.

double quote[edit]

Quote that starts with "I remember discussions with Bohr which..." is given twice —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 08:59, 10 August 2011

Fixed. (You can fix this sort of thing yourself.) ~ Ningauble 18:12, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Speed cam[edit]

I didn't dare to put this into the "Quotes about Heisenberg" section:

Police officer with speedcam: "Man, do you know how fast you've been driving!?"
Heisenberg: "I have no idea, but I do know precisely where I am."

-- 23:07, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

God is waiting quote[edit]

Here is the full text of Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958). Searching the text, I cannot find the quote "the first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will make you an Atheist, but at the bottom of the glass, God is waiting for you." Baodad (talk) 04:27, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Apparently the quote comes from Hildebrand, Ulrich. 1988. "Das Universum - Hinweis auf Gott?", in Ethos (die Zeitschrift für die ganze Familie), No. 10, Oktober. 16:59, 15 December 2015 (UTC)
Why is this in misattributed? The evidence against the verified publication is 3rd hand gossip. unsigned 1 December 2016 Special:Contributions/
"verified publication"? Cf. Werner Heisenberg#Misattributed and de:Diskussion:Werner Heisenberg#auf dem Grund des Bechers wartet Gott. (talk) 19:25, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

"Mankind finds itself in the situation of a skipper...."[edit]

Although there are references online to this quote by Heisenberg, I can find nothing substantive:

"Mankind finds itself in the situation of a skipper who has his boat built of such a heavy concentration of iron and steel, that the boat's compass points constantly at herself and not north"

It is cited as being from w:Dalibor Vesely's: Architecture in the Age of Divided, but it appears to be a misattribution/hoax. If so I'd like to add it to the Misattributed section. LookingGlass (talk) 15:43, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Vedantic concept of All in One.[edit]

Dear all, can you please add more references that Heisenberg was actually thinking as this sentence says he did "This new view would be entirely consistent with the Vedantic concept of All in One.". There is no mentioning of Vedantic / Veda / Vedic on the German page. And the book that gets involved/referenced is Walter J. Moore in Schrödinger: Life and Thought (1989) ISBN 0521437679 where this sentence comes from (p. 173) without further reasoning, and reads as if this is what the Author (Moore) thinks about it...? I would want to see a German book as cross-references coming to similar conclusion.--LS1099034 (talk) 20:19, 26 July 2019 (UTC)