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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucid, Entertaining, Cosmic Trip..., 20 Aug. 2008
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I had an unread copy of this book eighteen years ago which I lost on my travels. I was extremely pleased to find it avilable at Amazon. The starting point of the book is the strange, anamolous behaviour of light "particles" called quanta. The thing about light is that it sometimes behaves as a particle and sometimes as a wave, a quantum is a wave/particle or a quantity of wave energy. According to Talbot, Einstein believed in the particle nature of light, but scientists today still cannot explain fully the mechanics of light as its qualities depend on "observer participation". The apparatus that scientists use determine the characteristics that they observe, and there is no medium in the view of contemorary science through which the quanta from distant galaxies oscillate.

Talbot has a highly mystical cast of mind due to his experiences with a poltergeist as a child. There is much interesting thought in the book about the nature of consciousness and awareness. The author takes a holistic approach stressing communication between the parts which make up a greater whole, he is always looking for Gestalts, anomolous evidence and relationships. Talbot moves constantly from the microscopic to the cosmic, including speculations about Rupert Sheldrake's "M field", the mysterious force that causes living organisms to "know" what shape to take up, and thoughts regarding the "group minds" possessed by termites and bees. He includes quite an extensive account of "functionalism" the theory that information is the primary essence of life and the universe. Talbot concludes that self awareness is spread throughout the universe, and even that sub- atomic particles seem able to communicate. The universe as a whole is a living entity, created by observer- participants throughout billions of years. The book is filled with many stimulating "thought experiments", which physicists use to develop hypotheses without the need for apparatus.

I would highly recommend this book to all A level physics students, it certainly opens the mind to things that aren't on the syllabus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius as usual from the much mourned Talbot, 19 Oct. 2014
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Michael Talbot was a tour de force as a writer on the new physics and spirituality. Huge loss at his early death in 1990s. This is unique, fantastically well written and fascinating stuff for anyone with an enquiring mind.
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Beyond the Quantum by Michael Talbot (Hardcover - 31 Dec. 1986)
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