Glimpsing Reality: Ideas in Physics and the Link to Biology

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Originally published in 1979. This reprints the revised and expanded edition of 1996. In this volume, physicists, biologists and chemists, who have been involved in some of the most exciting discoveries in modern scientific thought explore issues which have shaped modern physics and which hint at what may form the next scientific revolution. The major issues discussed are the understanding of time and space, quantum and relativity theories and recent attempts to unite them and related questions in theoretical biology.

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A collection of interviews and conversations with physicists, biologists, and chemists involved in this century's most exciting discoveries in modern scientific thought, originating in a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio series. Scientists including Werner Heisenberg and David Joseph Bohm discuss the origins and recent developments of quantum and relativity theories and theoretical biology. Includes a glossary. Accessible to students and general readers. Previously published in 1979 under the title A Question of Physics, this edition adds an overview of advances in the field, plus a new conversation and two new essays. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Conversations
Werner Heisenberg 3
Leon Rosenfeld 17
David Joseph Bohm 34
Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker 61
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac 70
Roger Penrose 77
John Archibald Wheeler 87
Ilya Prigogine 98
A symposium in theoretical biology 111
Reflections after twenty years 151
Essays
Evolution and quantum consciousness 161
The Schrodinger question: What is life? fifty years later 168
Appendix: the troubles of quantum theory 191
Glossary 195
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