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The Quantum Guide to Life: How the Laws of Physics Explain Our Lives from Laziness to Love

The Quantum Guide to Life: How the Laws of Physics Explain Our Lives from Laziness to Love [Kindle Edition]

Kunal K. Das
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[The Quantum Guide to Life] is a smartly entertaining way to understand some of the basics of a complicated discipline, and in the process perhaps learn more about ourselves. --Jo-Ann Greene, Lancaster Newspapers

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Ever wondered why you can't seem to keep your desk tidy? It's quantum physics! No, really!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars How physics can help 5 April 2014
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Interesting look at real world applications for quantum theory.Nice explainations of quantum theory as well.Thought provoking and entertaining.Interesting take on the real world and the quantum one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Science in an Easy and Fun Read 13 Aug 2013
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Based on the title, I started this book expecting to find something akin to The Secret or What the Bleep Do We Know!?(TM): Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality, which would have been fine, as those were quite entertaining and interesting. However despite the way the cover reads, this book is not really a philosophy, referencing or passing as scientific fact. Rather, it is scientific fact, explained using examples; sometimes quite insightful and blunt to the point of being funny; from everyday life. The author reflects upon the fractal nature of the universe, and does a great job of tying together everything from sociology and relationships to the global economy. However, when he talks science, he does not deviate from proven laws and theories. Some of the "weird" science he discusses may sound like science fiction to those readers who are less accustomed with works such as The Universe in a Nutshell, A Brief History of Time, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension, The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes; or series such as Stephen Hawking's Universe or Cosmos: Carl Sagan. If you love reading Discover Magazine, love Science, and want to be able to explain it to your friends in new and interesting ways, this book is a must read. There's even a chapter on Schrodinger's Cat (Google celebrated the life of Erwin Schrodinger today with their Doodle). My favorite quote, "In fact, quantum mechanics is the most successful understanding of the physical universe mankind has ever come up with; so successful in fact, that everything quantum mechanics has ever predicted has been verified to be true, even when those predictions totally defy common sense." This is why we built the collider at CERN. We built the most complicated and expensive machine ever constructed to try to prove ourselves wrong, but we've yet to do so...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended to Understand Life 11 July 2013
By Scott Haraburda - Published on
For those lost souls looking for the meaning of life, physics Professor Kundal Das uses the fundamental laws of the universe to explain a wealth of useful insights to be gained about our lives. Expecting complex derivations of quantum mechanics using Fourier Transformations of complicated multi-dimensional non-linear partial differential equations, I didn't find that in this book. Instead, The Quantum Guide to Life: How the Laws of Physics Explain Our Lives from Laziness to Love provided me this insight without requiring a doctorate degree in physics. Thus, anyone without a background or even an interest in science will appreciate the author's essential ideas.

Although the laws of physics were not meant to derive the meaning of everyday life (financial, personal, relational, and social), these laws were used to express it. Physics involves the study of nature, and the interactions of objects within the universe. Using this as its underlying basis, the author provides the reader with wisdom based upon unchanging laws with an objective and infallible perspective. Dr. Das has the technical background to provide us this wisdom. As a physics professor at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, he has authored dozens of referred journal publications and has contributed much to the world's current knowledge in quantum transport of nanoscale circuits and atomic waveguides.

In his book, Dr. Das discusses the pursuit of happiness, the purpose of uncertainties, the real cause of why a house is messy, why people are lazy, why people connect with other people and not others, the need for social interactions and the need for fame. He even applied Newton's three laws to human dynamics: motivation is required for change; it becomes harder to change as we grow older; and, everything we do has an impact upon our lives. Dr. Das ends his book with a formula for success using the concept of current in an electrical field. Something we should already know is that success comes from a combination of disciplined hard work, persistence, and an aggressive pursuit of goals.

Of personal interest to me is the book's tie to quantum mechanics. I learned more about this fascinating topic during my graduate studies using statistical mechanics, which applies probability theory to quantum mechanics. While learning about this topic, I couldn't fully comprehend how this applied to understanding nature. But after solving several hundred statistical mechanics problems and using this for my doctoral research in transport phenomena of high temperature gases in a rocket thruster, I was finally able to grasp its complex, yet simple, concepts. What confused me even more was that someone was creative enough to develop this concept. And, that person was Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann. His innovative thinking was so unique for his time in the late 19th Century that almost all scientists disbelieved his theory. Because prominent researchers of his time criticized his work, Boltzmann continually defended himself. Today, almost all scientists believe his theory. Dr. Das does something similar by developing a fundamental understanding of life using these universal laws.

In my opinion, which I believe Dr. Das shares, physics is a human enterprise and a physicist's human attributes make great difference to how his work is treated by his peers. Dr. Das does a good job linking physics and philosophy together in his easy-to-understand book.

The Quantum Guide to Life is an interesting book about the philosophy of life. Highly recommended for those who want to understand life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Take on Two Timeless Subjects: Physics and the Human Experience 7 Jun 2013
By Hari Seldon - Published on
I ordered this book on a whim, having no idea what to expect, simply because the title caught my eye. What a pleasant surprise! It's chock-full of insight into the human condition and overflowing with funny nuggets of wisdom from the author's musings on life. And he somehow manages to explain a lot complicated physics along the way.

The author takes it upon himself to explain a lot of the important concepts in physics that are regularly passed over in popular physics books. The way he goes about doing so is what makes this book unique. He relates fundamental physical laws to human behavior and cultural phenomena, making them accessible to readers from any background. Even more than an interesting way to understand physics, I found it to be refreshing way to look at life. Just as complex ideas in physics can be made simpler by using analogies in everyday life, some of the complexities of life make more sense when viewed through the eyes of a physicist.

You'll find yourself intellectually stimulated and often laughing out loud. I think it's a great book for people with or without a science background. If you don't have much of a background, you'll love the way the author can relate physics to your life.. without going into the mathematical details. If you do have a background in physics/science, you'll be interested to see how the author explains these ideas it a unique and novel way. Humorous and entertaining tone throughout. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, witty, educational, & down to earth! 31 Aug 2013
By Derek Webb - Published on
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Dear readers,
     I just finished Kunal Das' recent work, The Quantum Guide To Life.  This is a witty book describing physics and human nature. Das describes many topics and how they relate to fundamental laws of our universe.  Globalization is discussed as a cultural-economic transformation creating an unavoidable new hybrid world.  The post World War II world sees analysis concerning "socio-economic gradients" that became glaringly apparent eventually raising the developing world's living standards. Even the delicate issue of immigration from Third World countries is covered with the accurate analogy of a dam.  Finally, Das insightfully states a formula for success = "Disciplined hard work x persistence x aggressive pursuit of goals."  I highly recommend this book.  Sincerely, D. Webb
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent work 13 Mar 2014
By m malik - Published on
It was a pure pleasure to read this succinct and clearly articulated argument for quantum involvement at the macroscopic level of life. Das makes makes the compelling aguement that life and conscioussness are a quantum phenomena at their core. This is not new age mumbo jumbo but a coherent scientic overview. Das acknowledges the current limitations of quantum paradigm as applied to life systems. However as the old adage says absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Serious minded audience will find this book refreshing and a critical and cautios step in the right direction.
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