Complementarity Beyond Physics: Niels Bohr's Parallels by Arun BalaComplementarity Beyond Physics: Niels Bohr's Parallels by Arun Bala

Complementarity Beyond Physics: Niels Bohr's Parallels

byArun Bala

Paperback | April 28, 2018

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In this study Arun Bala examines the implications that Niels Bohr's principle of complementarity holds for fields beyond physics. Bohr, one of the founding figures of modern quantum physics, argued that the principle of complementarity he proposed for understanding atomic processes has parallels in psychology, biology, and social science, as well as in Buddhist and Taoist thought. But Bohr failed to offer any explanation for why complementarity might extend beyond physics, and his claims have been widely rejected by scientists as empty speculation. Scientific scepticism has only been reinforced by the naïve enthusiasm of postmodern relativists and New Age intuitionists, who seize upon Bohr's ideas to justify anti-realist and mystical positions. 

Arun Bala offers a detailed defence of Bohr's claim that complementarity has far-reaching implications for the biological and social sciences, as well as for comparative philosophies of science, by explaining Bohr's parallels as responses to the omnipresence of grown properties in nature. 

Arun Bala is a physicist and philosopher of science. He is the author ofThe Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science, the editor ofAsia, Europe and the Emergence of Modern Science,and co-editor ofThe Bright Dark Ages: Comparative and Connective Perspectives. He has held teaching and visiting positions at the National Un...
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Title:Complementarity Beyond Physics: Niels Bohr's ParallelsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:269 pagesPublished:April 28, 2018Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319819666

ISBN - 13:9783319819662

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Table of Contents

1. Complementarity Beyond Physics
2. Biological Complementarity of the Molecular and Functional
3. Psychological Complementarity of Spectator and Actor
4. Anthropological Complementarity of the Natural and Cultural
5. Complementarity and Unity of Knowledge