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Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
     

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

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by Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner
 

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ISBN-10: 019534250X

ISBN-13: 9780195342505

Pub. Date: 06/16/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. They found, to their embarrassment, that with their theory, physics encounters consciousness. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all this in nontechnical terms with help from some fanciful stories and

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In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. They found, to their embarrassment, that with their theory, physics encounters consciousness. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all this in nontechnical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, emphasizing what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is heatedly controversial. But every interpretation of quantum physics involves consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself-and encounter quantum mechanics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer the only sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.

About the Author:
Bruce Rosenblum is Professor of Physics and former Chairperson of the Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz

About the Author:
Fred Kuttner is Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195342505
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Presenting the Enigma     3
Einstein Called It "Spooky"-and I Wish I Had Known     9
The Visit to Neg Ahne Poc: A Quantum Parable     15
Our Newtonian Worldview: A Universal Law of Motion     23
All the Rest of Classical Physics Hello Quantum Mechanics     51
How the Quantum Was Forced on Physics     53
Schrodinger's Equation: The New Universal Law of Motion     69
One-Third of Our Economy     81
Our Skeleton in the Closet     87
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen     99
Schrodinger's Controversial Cat     115
Seeking a Real World: EPR     125
Spooky Actions: Bell's Theorem     139
What's Going On? Interpreting the Quantum Enigma     153
The Mystery of Consciousness     167
The Mystery Meets the Enigma     179
Consciousness and the Quantum Cosmos     193
Suggested Reading     203
Index     205

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Quantum Enigma 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book Rosenblum and Kuttner explain the Quantum Engima as simply as possible. They have done a fantastic job in explaining concepts and theories without crossing ethical barriers. Many theories in Quantum mechanics are confusing and they cause you to think about the theory in more than one way. This can be difficult to explain and to keep simple but in this book they can look at something in several different ways and still get the point across. They also give you a story along with some of the more confusing topics so that you can see possible outcomes and questions that come from the topic. They also explain how quantum mechanics can relate to space and planets. They do a great job of relating everything together and explaining how different things affect other things. For example when they describe probability and wavieness they tell you as simply as possible that the object has a chance to be in several places at once, but once it is observed, then the probability of that object being in a different place instantly goes to zero. Overall this book has helped me understand some difficult theories and concepts. Also taking the approach of looking at something in more than one way helps you see the possible outcomes. This book is great if you love physics and if you are interested in learning about how historical physics has influinced today's physics. It is amazing to see how simply they can relate the two and it is interesting to see some of the quotes from past scientists and from new scientists.
ElynL More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those of us who feel that quantum mechanics has undoubtably shown that conciousness cannot be denied as an ingredient in science. Many scientists do not want to admit that enigma. These authors do, and do it well.
jamescoz More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books on the subject, but this one was the best. If you are interested in getting a quantum education, buy this book. It is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know any advanced mathematics. I thought I could never grasp these ideas because of that but these authors proved me wrong. This book is filled with easy to understand pictures of how quantum mechanics works. They make clear what is known and unknown about it. They don't get weird. Also I am not an atheist. I don't know about the authors beliefs but I was in no way offended by this book. They pretty much keep religion out of it. However the "enigma" itself is very mysterious and will make you ponder reguardless of your worldview.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, about some of the most confounding topics currently known, is a pleasure to read. Each sentence is an illustration of exceptional English writing. The authors are experienced and confident enough not to be intimidated by their complex but 'mechanically' workable topic which present human conception seems to have difficulty absorbing. For that alone, it is a national treasure! I stumbled into this work by chance but I rank it among the best books I've read. And to return to 'writing' as a measure of competency, this book stands out as a beacon of clarity and simplicity while maintaining its hold over the reader. Just an excellent example all around. If this book (or its earlier edition) have not won awards, then something is wrong out there.
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This was purchased as a gift for our son, who is interested and involved in science, and also the philosophical issues. He was excited to receive it, but haven't heard if he has read it yet, or what his opinion of it is after reading. He definitely had a positive reaction. We were told about it by an acquaintance, who had really liked it, as it balanced his interests in faith, philosophy and science.
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Easy to read, and walks a fine line of declaring findings and not delving into phililsophy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know it is an outline of current theory but how many different ways can you say the same thing and still be interesting?
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