Hans Reichenbach

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  • The Birth of Hans Reichenbach

    Hans Reichenbach was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1891. He was the second of four children of a half-Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother.
    Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
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    Schooling

    From 1910 to 1911 Hans Reichenbach studied civil engineering at Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart. He then traveled among Berlin, Munich and Göttingen, studying physics, mathematics and philosophy from the likes of Ernst Cassirer, Max Planck, Arnold Sommerfeld and David Hilbert. He was then conscripted into the army. Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
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    Introduction To Einsteins Theory of Relativity and Insperation

    While in Berlin, he attended Einstein's lectures on relativity and statistical mechanics, which became a major influence on him. He wrote several popular articles defending Einstein. His primary focus was in relation to the solar eclipse of 1919 which confirmed the predictions of the general theory of relativity.
    Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
  • The Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge

    In 1920 Hans Reichenbach became an instructor in physics at Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart. He also wrote The Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge which brought him his recognition in the world of physics.
    Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
  • Initiated Publication of the journal Erkenntnis

    In 1930, he started the publication of the journal Erkenntnis as a forum for scientific philosophy. During this time he was also a contributor of popular essays as well as a frequent radio lecturer on various scientific topics.
    Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
  • Reichenbach comes to America

    In 1938 he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles. Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.
  • Death

    In April of 1953 Hans Rechenbach suffered a heart attack that led to his untimely death. He was scheduled to present the WIlliam James Lectures at Harvard in the fall of the same year. His untimely death also prevented his inclusion into a planned volume of Living Philosophers.
    Glymour, Clark, and Frederick Eberhardt. “Hans Reichenbach.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 23 Mar. 2021, plato.stanford.edu/entries/reichenbach/#Lif.