Who Was Werner Heisenberg ?
As a result of the recently increased public debate
about the person and character of my father, stimulated by Michael
Frayn's Tony Award winning Broadway play "Copenhagen", I decided to present
some pertinent material that highlights his integrity and humanity. It
may help anyone who is interested arrive at a better understanding of
my father's thinking and actions, just as his own account in "Physics
and Beyond" (Harper & Row 1971)
[German title: "Der Teil und das Ganze"]
and my mother's "Inner Exile - Recollections
of a Life with Werner Heisenberg" (Birkhäuser 1984) have attempted.
In making this other material available to an English speaking
public, I am hoping to reach the curious and the skeptical reader
alike. This web-site will be continuously expanded after its launch
in December 2000.
Also: Addendum to "Meine liebe Li"
New: On Dec. 7th, 2012 the "Heisenberg-Gesellschaft" (Heisenberg-Society) constituted itself
Check their home-page at: www.heisenberg-gesellschaft.de
Documents by Werner Heisenberg
View from the Urfeld terrace over lake Walchen (Walchensee)
Werner Heisenberg in front of the Urfeld house
1) 1942: Werner Heisenberg: Reality and its Order
Since the German edition is out of print, we have also included the full German text.
German Title: Ordnung der Wirklichkeit
In: Werner Heisenberg, Gesammelte Werke, Abteilung C, Piper Verlag, München ISBN 3-492-02925-6
2) Heisenberg's eldest daughter Anna Maria Hirsch recently
finished transcribing his many letters to his wife, Elisabeth. These letters
together with the letters of Elisabeth to Werner have been
published rently in German:
Diary From the Last Three Weeks of WWII
Translation from the original German manuscript (unpublished)
3) 1946: Werner Heisenberg: Science as a Means of International Understanding
In: Philosophical Problens of Quantum Physics, Ox Bow Press, Woodbridge, Connecticut 1979, ISBN 0-918024-15-3
4) 1967: Werner Heisenberg: Interview in the Magazine "Der Spiegel"
See also: Werner Heisenberg, Gesammelte Werke, Band V, Piper; also: Werner Heisenberg, Deutsche und Jüdische Physik, Helmut Rechenberg Hrsg., Piper
Werner Heisenberg sweeping the floor at his Urfeld summer house.ca. 1960
Link to BBC web-site for an audio interview(1965) with Werner Heisenberg and C.F. von Weizsäcker relating to Copenhagen visit
Link to Niels Bohr Archive's Bohr letters.
5) Last letter from Werner Heisenberg to Niels Bohr before 1941 visit
6) Letter from Werner Heisenberg to his wife Elisabeth written during his 1941 visit in Copenhagen. This letter was first published and posted in its entirety on 6/5/2003.
7) Two letters from Werner Heisenberg to Robert Jungk, author of "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns"
Anna Maria Hirsch
|8) Recently published letters from Werner
Heisenberg to his parents: "Liebe Eltern - Briefe aus kritischer
Zeit", Langen-Müller Verlag, Anna-Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg Hgb.,
Letter from India:<translation>
Personal comments by Heisenberg's Children
Elisabeth Heisenberg (1914-1998) and Wolfgang (1938-1994) at the Leipzig Symposium held in honor of Werner Heisenberg's (1901-1976) 90th birthday.
9) Wolfgang Heisenberg:
Memories of My Father (1991)
German Title: Erinnerungen an meinen Vater
In: Geyer, Bodo u.a . (Hrsg.), Werner Heisenberg, Physiker und Philosoph, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag Heidelberg – Berlin – Oxford, 1993, ISBN 3 – 86025 – 033 - 7
10) 2002: Jochen Heisenberg: Frayn's 'Heisenberg': Fact or Fiction?
Talk presented at the March 2nd, 2002 Symposium of the Smithsonian Institution ,Washington DC, organized by Brian Schwartz.
11) 2002: Jochen Heisenberg: Remarks about my father
Remarks presented at the May 13th, 2002 Symposium at MIT, sponsored by the MIT Office of the Arts and the Goethe Institute Boston.
12) 2002: Martin Heisenberg: Op.Ed. Article in "Die Zeit"
13) 2002: Barbara Blum: Essay Heisenberg and Music
Other items possibly of interest
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