Verlust der Welt im Bild. Ursprung und Entwicklung des Bildbegriffes bei Hermann von Helmholtz und Heinrich Hertz

In G. Wolfschmidt (ed.), Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894) and the Development of Communication (Nuncius Hamburgensis. Beitrage zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Band 10). Norderstedt (2008)
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Helmholtz initially ascribes more to theoretical knowledge than merely that it is a picture of the world: it penetrates even to the unobservable causes of the phenomena which he conceived throughout his career as matter set mechanically in motion. The introduction of the picture-concept in the 1860s to characterize scientific theories marks the beginning of the loss of a direct connection with the world. Theories now constitute only a representation of a law-like structure of the world but no longer shed light on the objects themselves. Beginning in the late 1870s, this knowledge of laws takes on an increasingly hypothetical character.
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