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Apr11-06, 09:29 PM
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...Bohr’s epistemological position, as presented for instance in [26]:

"It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature."

[26] Petersen, A.: The philosophy of Niels Bohr, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist 19, n 7, 8-14

I guess I would paraphrase it by saying that nature is not a collection of THINGS, but a collection of FACTS.

Do you not think this is an adequate paraphrase? Then please give your own. The article also quotes the famous saying of Wittgenstein from the Tractatus. See footnote 8 on page 3:

"8. We can take this observation as an echo in fundamental physics of the celebrated: “7. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” [25]. "