Who's Afraid of Schrodinger's Cat: All The New Science Ideas You Need To Keep Up With The New Thinking

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Quantum theorist Erwin Schrvdinger invented his now-famous cat to illustrate the apparently impossible conundrums associated with quantum physics. The cat lives in an opaque box with a fiendish device that randomly feeds it either food, allowing it to live, or poison, which kills it. But in the quantum world, all possibilities coexist and have a reality of their own, and they ensure that the cat is both alive and dead, simultaneously.

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Overview

Quantum theorist Erwin Schrvdinger invented his now-famous cat to illustrate the apparently impossible conundrums associated with quantum physics. The cat lives in an opaque box with a fiendish device that randomly feeds it either food, allowing it to live, or poison, which kills it. But in the quantum world, all possibilities coexist and have a reality of their own, and they ensure that the cat is both alive and dead, simultaneously.

Who's Afraid of Schrvdinger's Cat? is a clear, concise explanation of the new sciences of quantum mechanics, chaos and complexity theory, relativity, new theories of mind, and the new cosmology. It studies worlds beyond the realm of common sense, and the new kinds of thinking that we need to understand ourselves, our minds, and our human place in the larger scheme of things.

"Quasars. Time Travel. Black Holes. Wormhols. Hadrons. These phenomena and terms are just a few of the many explained in this guide to the newest of ideas in science and technology."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688161071
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,477,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Danah Zohar, an American-born physicist and philosopher, teaches at Oxford Brookes University in England and lectures throughout the world. With Ian Marshall, Zohar co-authored the highly-acclaimed The Quantum Self and The Quantum Society.

Danah Zohar, an American-born physicist and philosopher, teaches at Oxford Brookes University in England and lectures throughout the world. With Ian Marshall, Zohar co-authored the highly-acclaimed The Quantum Self and The Quantum Society.

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From the Introduction:

"Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, was often asked to speak to lay audiences about the new science. He would begin by telling a story in which a young rabbinical student goes to three lectures by a very famous rabbi. Afterward he describes these to his friends. The first lecture, says the student, was very good--he understood everything. The second was much better--he did not understand it, but the rabbi understood everything. The third lecture was, however, the best of all, very subtle and deep--it was so good that even the rabbi did not understand it.

"Bohr, like the rabbi of the story, never understood the science he had helped to create. Nor did Albert Einstein, who didn't even like quantum physics. Even today many scientists have trouble coming to terms with the central concepts of the new physics .... Laymen can be forgiven for being largely unaware of how profoundly different the science of the twentieth century really is from past science, and how this difference may bear on their own lives and thinking.

Excerpted from Who's Afraid of Schrodinger's Cat?Who's Afraid of Schrodinger's Cat?. Copyright © by Ian Marshall. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    A thought-provoking book

    You gotta luv this one for the title alone! lol. This is my favorite Zohar and Marshall book though the brief space devoted to each topic may put off some people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Great Read

    Straightforward for the non-scientist and thought provoking for those of us in science. Quite a mind bending journey through the universe.

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