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The Non-local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind Hardcover – 2 Dec 1999

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (2 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195132564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195132564
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classical physics states that physical reality is local - a point in space cannot influence another point beyond a relatively short distance. However, in 1997, experiments were conducted in which light particles (photons) originated under certain conditions and travelled in opposite directions to detectors located about seven miles apart. The amazing results indicated that the photons "interacted" or "communicated" with one another instantly or "in no time". Since a distance of seven miles is quite vast in quantum physics, this led physicists to an extraordinary conclusion - even if experiments could somehow be conducted in which the distance between the detectors was half-way across the known universe, the results would indicate that interaction or communication between the photons would be instantaneous. What was revealed in these little-known experiments in 1997 is that physical reality is non-local - a discovery that Robert Nadeau and Menas Kafatos view as "the most momentous in the history of science". In this text, Nadeau and Kafatos offer a revolutionary look at the breathtaking implications of non-locality.

About the Author

Robert Nadeau, a historian of science, has written seven books on the implications of advances in science and technology. Menas Kafatos, a physicist, has published numerous books and articles on computational science, astrophysics, earth systems science, general relativity and the foundations of quantum theory. They are both professors at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.


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