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.