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God Does Play Dice with the Universe: A Startling New Picture of the World Einstein Could Not Believe But You Can Understand Paperback – 1 Feb 2008

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Shan Gao is a theoretical physicist and philosopher of physics at the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the founding editor of International Journal of Quantum Foundations. Gao received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Physics from University of Sydney. His major interests are foundations of quantum mechanics, philosophy of physics, history of modern physics, and philosophy of mind. His original ideas, including random discontinuous motion, quantum superluminal communication and quantum panpsychism, have been published in professional journals such as Foundations of Physics, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Minds and Machines, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and so on. He is the author of God Does Play Dice with the Universe, Quantum Physics: From Illusion to Reality, Understanding Quantum Physics: An Advanced Guide for the Perplexed and several other books. His first popular science book Quantum: A Historical and Logical Journey (in Chinese) is very successful, and it has sold more than ten thousands copies in China during the last few years. His new edited book Protective Measurements and Quantum Reality: Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics will be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press, and the list of contributors includes Yakir Aharonov et al. For more details please visit

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Thought Provoking Book 10 April 2008
By David McMahon - Published on
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God Does Play Dice With the Universe is a great book for anyone interested in the quantum theory and its implications. Its only 100 pages and double spaced, so can be easily read in one or two nights. Gao covers many thought provoking topics including the "cause of motion" and discrete space and time. While I didn't always agree with his insights, they are certainly of interest to consider. David McMahon, author of "Quantum Mechanics Demystified".
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I don't follow the author's logic. 10 Jun. 2011
By Ing Eduardo Carrion - Published on
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The author correctly describes the profound change in our conception of motion originated in Newton's laws. Contrary to Aristotle, Newton showed that uniform, constant motion in a straight line does not require a force to sustain it (a cause). In fact, the opposite is true, a force is needed to change such state.

From here the author concludes that motion is causeless. The first time he says so, you fill in the implicit line in your mind (uniform, rectilinear motion). But the author seems to drop that constrain alltoghether and extrapolates to saying that ALL motion is causeless. From here he jumps to the conclusion that, since motion has not cause, it must be random and discrete. (All motion, that is).

Maybe he is right, I cannot judge that, but it is not a conclusion reached by logic, or derived from Newton's laws as the author presents it.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Badly written mumbo jumbo 8 July 2011
By A. Olszewski - Published on
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Encouraged by some positive reviews from certain physicists (how did I find this book in the first place? I'd like to track back the blog that suggested it to leave some derogatory comments), I read Mr. Gao's book, with a lot of pain and nausea.
Content-wise, it is a bunch of unsubstantiated, philosphically-derived statements about the nature of quantum mechanics and spacetime (by pondering on the nature of the state of rest and the state of motion the author "discovers" that both space and time must be quantized, with a complete disregard to everything that has been written on the subject for the past 50 years), which are being hailed as "the final deep understanding of the universe", making the problematic features of quantum mechanics obvious and clear. I can assure you that after reading GDPWTH your understanding will be not a bit better than before (if you had even the slightest background on the subject). The whole thing belongs on some webpage right next to the "aliens planted DNA on Earth" section.
With regards to form, I have not seen a piece of equally annoying prose in a long time. The author makes a virtue of constantly repeating the same phrase (his genius conclusion) until he thinks the reader "got it" (or a few more times just to be sure). He makes it painfully obvious that his goal is to read the mind of god and he makes sure that any statement he makes he then redoes as a variation of the Einstein quote he put in his title. It feels like there is more "God"s and "dice"s in this book than "and"s and commas.
If you get nauseous after the first chapter than I advise putting this piece of crackpottery aside because it does NOT get any better later.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
God Does Play Dice with the Universe 18 Jun. 2011
By Hamdi El-Sissi - Published on
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Pretty stange book with wild extrapolations of some facts into incoherent and unrelated conclusions.

Save your time for a more serious book
Three Stars 5 Jan. 2015
By Lucas Thorn - Published on
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i rolled a 7, which was strange because i was using a 6-sided dice.
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