A Beginner's Guide to Reality

A Beginner's Guide to Reality

by J. E. Baggott
     
 

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Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking? We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted. This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can point to, hang our hats on and say this is real. On the way, Jim Baggott examines some of the things that have been said about reality by a few

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Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking? We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted. This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can point to, hang our hats on and say this is real. On the way, Jim Baggott examines some of the things that have been said about reality by a few of the world's greatest thinkers-from the philosophers of ancient Greece to modern scientists and social theorists.

Jim Baggott is the author of The Meaning of Quantum Physics and Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy, and Quantum Theory, both published by Oxford University Press. He lives in England.

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Baggott (The Meaning of Quantam Physics) here tries to determine if he-or we-can ever state with authority that we know what is real or what isn't. To do this, he reviews what philosophers and scientists have said about it from classical times to the present. He brings the inquiry up to date by framing it with pertinent social issues and films, in particular The Matrix-"the mother of all reality movies." There is a detailed and thorough investigation of what physical scientists and philosophers can tell us about the nature of reality in terms of "quanta," "photons," "loops and strings," "waves and particles," "space," "time," and more. Baggott is absolutely correct when he states that "this is basically a philosophy book" because, ultimately, the question resolves into what we can know, and this is a philosophical question. Reading this book is not at all like sitting in a hall listening to a one-sided lecture; it is more like having an informal, intimate conversation with an informed-and informative-thinker. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries.-Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933648040
Publisher:
Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Series:
125 Brain Games Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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