Physics and Whitehead: Quantum, Process, and Experience

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Leading scholars explore the connections between quantum physics and process philosophy.
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“Eastman and Keeton have edited a remarkable collection of essays by prominent scientists and philosophers influenced by the process philosophy of A. N. Whitehead … An introduction by the series editor, dialogues at the end of each part of the book, a glossary, bibliography, and an index enhance the quality of this well-produced volume … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE
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Meet the Author

Timothy E. Eastman is Group Manager for Space Science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a consultant in plasma science and technology.

Hank Keeton is President of Keeton Construction Corporation and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Series Introduction
1 Introduction to Process Thought 3
2 Duality without Dualism 14
3 Whitehead as Mathematical Physicist 31
4 Evidence for Process in the Physical World 47
5 Dialogue for Part I 57
6 Constraints on the Origin of Coherence in Far-from-Equilibrium Chemical Systems 63
7 Whitehead's Philosophy and the Collapse of Quantum States 74
8 A Historical Reality That Includes Big Bang, Free Will, and Elementary Particles 84
9 Whiteheadian Process and Quantum Theory 92
10 Dialogue for Part II 103
11 The Primacy of Asymmetry over Symmetry in Physics 129
12 Spacetime and Becoming: Overcoming the Contradiction Between Special Relativity and the Passage of Time 136
13 The Individuality of a Quantum Event: Whitehead's Epochal Theory of Time and Bohr's Framework of Complementarity 164
14 Physical Process and Physical Law 180
15 Dialogue for Part III 187
16 Whitehead's Process Philosophy as Scientific Metaphysics 199
17 Whitehead and the Quantum Experience 223
18 Dialogue for Part IV 258
Glossary 275
Bibliography 287
Contributors 299
Note on Supporting Center 303
Index 305
SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought 321
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