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An Analysis of the Rhetorical Situations of Heisenberg’s Nobel Lecture - With focus on Bitzer’s Concepts -

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2022, (87), pp.135-163
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.087.05
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : September 20, 2022
  • Accepted : October 10, 2022
  • Published : November 30, 2022

KU JA HYON 1

1영산대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes the rhetorical situations of Heisenberg's Nobel Lecture with reference to Lloyd Bitzer's concepts. Bitzer regards discourses as being formed for solving specific rhetorical situations each of which consists of exigence, audience, and constraints. Carrying out the lecture on the development of quantum mechanics in 1933, Heisenberg presents in what circumstances quantum mechanics is situated and in which direction it proceeds. Toward physicists as the audience, he maintains that quantum mechanics receives as its foundation Bohr's quantum model of atoms, the correspondence principle, and the complimentary principle. Toward the scientific community as the audience, he maintains that quantum mechanics gives up the visualization of systems in time and space to regard the world as in a statistical transition between its states. Saying that quantum mechanics constructs a new physics with the aid of Schrödinger's wave mechanics, he attempts to liberate physicists from the constraint of the belief in the centrality of wave mechanics. Besides, predicting the advent of an extended quantum mechanics, he attempts to put to rest the worries of scientists over the future of quantum mechanics.

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