The Heisenberg family was no different from the typical bourgeois family at the time, placing an emphasis on social grace and respectability. Such respectability required the appropriate expressions of nationalism and religion. Early on, Werner questioned the pretense, recognizing that his parents themselves did not believe in much of the dogma, though they maintained Christian ethics. Werner's reluctance to accept dogma foreshadowed a similarly critical perspective that he would develop as a scientist. He saw religion and science as complementary aspects of reality, each covering only a limited jurisdiction.Werner's childhood companion was his brother, Erwin, who was older by a year and a half. Competition between the two brothers was fierce. It began with music, which was
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