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By Michael Drieschner

This ebook provides a suite of texts through the German physicist and thinker Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912-2007), to be used in seminars at the background, epistemology and constitution of physics. so much texts look in English for the 1st time. Weizsäcker grew to become well-known via his works in physics, typically within the early improvement of nuclear physics. Later he may additionally develop into popular as a thinker and analyst of latest tradition. Texts comprise the unique guides of the “Weizsäcker-Bethe formulation” of nuclear plenty and the “Bethe-Weizsäcker cycle,” and is the reason the resource of strength within the sunlight; either have been constructed by way of Bethe even as and independently of Weizsäcker. extra texts take care of Weizsäcker’s rationalization of the starting place of planets, his clarification of the “time arrow” in Statistical Mechanics and his analyses of Quantum Mechanics and the constitution of physics in general.

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And will it always stay on that orbit, or won’t the mutual attractions between the planets eventually bring growing confusion to the system? Newton posed both these questions; but he could not answer them. Whereas his explanation of Kepler’s laws allowed him to interpret the present motions of the planets as a consequence of mechanical necessity, he believed he was able to perceive in the mechanically inexplicable genesis and stability of the system traces of direct intervention by God in the universe.

The beanshaped figures represent the edges of each of the regions of the gaseous mass which circle around the Sun together and do not dissolve as long as they are not disturbed externally. In doing so, seen from their own midpoints which themselves are rotating around the Sun, they have an internal motion of revolution indicated by the inner arrow, that is, they also rotate around themselves just once during a single revolution around the Sun. All the vortices within one round ring travel at the same speed around the Sun and therefore do not change their positions against one another.

Thus numerous planet-like bodies will form on every contact circle between two vortex rings. The planetoids probably constitute a remnant of this state. The consolidation of these numerous bodies into a single large planet probably only occurs when one of them has become big enough to be able to pull the others into itself by its own gravity. Among the planetoids none has become large enough for that; so their large number is probably a consequence of their low total mass. The Titius-Bode law may almost be read off this diagram.

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