Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness Paperback – 21 Jul 2011
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'This excellent book provides patient and luminous explanations... Rosenblum and Kuttner have done a brilliant job of shocking the reader anew' --Guardian
This book is unique. I know of no other which so artfully tackles two of the greatest mysteries of modern science, quantum mechanics and consciousness. It has long been suspected that these mysteries are somehow related: the authors treatment of this thorny and controversial issue is honest, wide-ranging, and immensely readable. The book contains some of the clearest expositions I have ever seen of the strange and paradoxical nature of the quantum world. Quantum Enigma is a pleasure to read, and I am sure it is destined to become a classic --George Greenstein, Professor of Astronomy, Amherst College, Co-author of The Quantum Challenge: Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
'Rosenblum and Kuttner tie together two great mysteries: consciousness and the 'quantum enigma' of how reality coalesces out of the fog of quantum possibilities... an entertaining primer on the nuts and bolts of quantum theory' --New Scientist
About the Author
Bruce Rosenblum is Professor of Physics and former Chairperson of the Physics Department at the University of California. He has consulted extensively for the US government and industry. Fred Kuttner teaches physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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They touch on key ideas that are accurate, without recognising that they are so, and then go off on tangents and alternatives that are inaccurate. Unsurprisingly, while all this is going on, they from beginning to end make sure to slap down 'pseudo-science' and 'mysticism', so that even if they honestly recognise their ignorance, at least they're the least ignorant people around, and not mis-guided.
It is a shame, as I actually thought for a moment that they might be 'open-minded' scientists, and perhaps by the measure of other scientists, they are.
Setting aside distractions, such as spirituality, mysticism and God, let us deal with what I might term hyper-science or future-science, to distinguish it from the derogatory 'pseudo-science' and agnostic 'metaphysics'. Hyper-science is that which science could integrate into a scientific framework, but for which it currently lacks the intellectual insight and technology. Future science is the subset of hyper-science that it will recognise.
Science is remarkably acquisitive. Everything is nonsense (non-sense) until proven by science and then it is authorised. I wonder if it will publish an apology, as the Church chose to do for Galileo?
Forget God, a human interpretation of what is 'out there'.Read more ›
For instance the authors of Quantum Enigma call some other's working in the field out right schizophrenics, as they are able to maintain a duel personality (one which treats as particles, one which treats as waves) hahaa.
Perhaps if you are already well versed, a professional even, with these ideas, then the book may seem somewhat lacking. But for the layman, who is its intended audience after all, this book is most enlightening.
And I take issue with the notion that all this info can be got from an A' level physics book. I'm sure it probably can, just as all this information could probably be deduced from the wikipedia entry on quantum mechanics. If, like me however, you found the wikipedia entry un-enlightening, then try this book out. It is very good.
It achieves this lofty position because it manages to make sense of the quantum enigma without going into too much mathematical detail.
I'm not a physicist, nor am I a genius but I am curious and this curiosity was satisfied because the authors managed to take heed of Einstein's wise words when he stated, 'You can only really understand something if you are able to explain it to your grandmother'.
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Excellent summary of the issues and there controversial interpretations.Published 6 months ago by Robert T Reid
John Bell said we would be amazed. Some "thing" is in the offing but I guess that neither of these two authors will have sufficiently open minds to recognise it or accept it when... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2011 by morwr