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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Walker Press (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599425645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599425641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A remarkable concept known as "entanglement" in quantum physics requires an incredibly bizarre link between subatomic particles. When one such particle is observed, quantum entanglement demands the rest of them to be affected instantaneously, even if they are universes apart. Einstein called this "spooky actions at a distance", and argued that such bizarre predictions of quantum theory show that it is an incomplete theory of nature. In 1964, however, John Bell proposed a theorem which seemed to prove that such spooky actions at a distance are inevitable for any physical theory, not just quantum theory. Since then many experiments have confirmed these long-distance correlations. But now, in this groundbreaking collection of papers, the author exposes a fatal flaw in the logic and mathematics of Bell's theorem, thus undermining its main conclusion, and proves that---as suspected by Einstein all along---there are no spooky actions at a distance in nature. The observed long-distance correlations among subatomic particles are dictated by a garden-variety "common cause", encoded within the topological structure of our ordinary physical space itself.

About the Author

Dr. Joy Christian obtained his Ph.D. from Boston University in Foundations of Quantum Theory in 1991 under the supervision of the renowned philosopher and physicist Professor Abner Shimony. He then received a Junior Research Fellowship from the Wolfson College of the University of Oxford, where he has remained affiliated both with the college and a number of departments of the university. He is an invited member of the prestigious Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and has been a Long Term Visitor of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada. He is well known for his contributions to the foundations of quantum and gravitational physics, including quantization of Newton-Cartan theory of gravity, generalization of Special Theory of Relativity to incorporate the objective passage of time, and elimination of non-locality from the foundations of quantum physics. Further information about the author can be found at: libertesphilosophica.info/blog/

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Dr. Joy Christian obtained his Ph.D. from Boston University in Foundations of Quantum Theory in 1991 under the supervision of the renowned philosopher and physicist Professor Abner Shimony. He then received a Junior Research Fellowship from the Wolfson College of the University of Oxford, where he remained affiliated both with the college and a number of departments of the university until 2014. Currently he is the Scientific Director of the Einstein Centre for Local-Realistic Physics in Oxford. He is also an invited member of the prestigious Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and has been a Long Term Visitor of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada. He is well known for his contributions to the foundations of quantum and gravitational physics, including quantization of Newton-Cartan theory of gravity, generalization of Special Theory of Relativity to incorporate the objective passage of time, and elimination of non-locality from the foundations of quantum physics. Further information about the author can be found at: http://libertesphilosophica.info/blog/

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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Florin Moldoveanu on March 30, 2013
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This book is only useful for physics historians who want to investigate controversial debates, and for the gullible conspiracy theory believers who cannot understand elementary math and physical arguments. Specifically, Eq 1.24 on page 10 of the book is false and amounts to claiming +1=-1. From this everything can be derived, including a "Disproof of Bell's Theorem". Bell's theorem demands computing correlations of actual experimental outcomes. Joy Christian does not compute correlations in this standard form and changes this into a "topologically complete" computation using fancy Clifford algebras which has nothing to do with the real thing. Worse, the computation is mathematically incorrect.

But don't take my word for it. This book was funded in part by a mini-grant by FQXi which is awarded based on a lottery system: " A Mini-Grant means that a Member submitted a small proposal appropriate to the funding program, and then basically got lucky -- Mini-Grants are chosen by a random lottery. We might in the future raise the bar on 'appropriate'; currently, however, a Mini-Grant does not mean a proposal has passed any serious peer-review process."

Also FQXi issued this public statement: "A recent situation involving intense controversy surrounding the work of FQXi Member Joy Christian brought many of these considerations to our attention (though it is far from the only case to which the considerations apply). To study this issue, we convened a special panel composed of experts exquisitely qualified to read, understand, and evaluate both Christian's work, and the way discussion of the work has played out in the public sphere.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Michael Norris on January 31, 2013
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Anyone interested in buying this book needs to look beyond the glowing reviews of the several fans of Dr. Christian. These are the same names that pop up on every forum discussion involving Joy Christian, and generally they are his only supporters in these forums. Anyone interested in buying this book should know that Dr. Christian *lives* in Oxford (apparently he teaches English to foreign students there) but has no official ties to Oxford University or the Perimeter Institute. Anyone interested in buying this book should know that none of Dr. Christian's many papers on his "disproof" of Bell's theorem has passed peer review or been published in print except by Dr. Christian himself. Anyone interested in buying this book should know that Dr. Christian's work in this area has been closely analyzed and found faulty by several distinguished researchers, including Scott Aaronson, Florin Moldovenu, and Richard Gill, and most recently, by an expert panel convened by the Foundational Questions Institute, of which Dr. Christian is a member. Google any of them to learn the "other side" of a controversy that Dr. Christian seems to have invented.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michel Fodje on April 4, 2014
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To appreciate the value of this book, you have to step back and look at the state of present theoretical physics. Since the dawn of quantum mechanics, theoretical physics has lost its way. Little progress has been made for almost a century in understanding the foundations. Mysticism in the form of teleportation, non-locality and multiple universes are put forth as real features of nature. As E.T. Jaynes eloquently put it:
"... present quantum theory claims on the one hand that local microevents have no physical causes, only probability laws; but at the same time admits (from the EPR paradox) instantaneous action at a distance! Today we have in full flower the blatant, spooky contradictions that Einstein foresaw and warned us about [more than] 60 years ago, and there is no way to reason logically from them.
We see the effects of this in the fact that today, a large portion of research in theoretical physics has been reduced to wheel-spinning; random fiddling with the mathematics of the old theory, without giving a thought to its physical foundations. One would think that the folly of this might have been learned from the example of Einstein; yet his repeated warnings go unheeded even as his worst fears are realized before our eyes.
This mysticism must be replaced by a physical interpretation that restores the possibility of thinking rationally about the world. ..."
Joy Christian has done just that in this book. It is the first serious attempt to confront the unfortunate error in Bell's theorem by reproducing all the quantum correlations in a locally realistic manner without any spooky business. Exactly what Einstein would have liked. Christian finds that the correlations originate due to the geometric structure of physical space which Bell did not consider in his derivations.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hudson on May 30, 2013
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Joy's work is an inspiration to us all. Modern quantum mechanics has lost touch with reality leading to many worlds, observers collapsing wave functions, retro causality and a whole host of other wacky ideas. Joys work completely disproves Bells Theorem and in such restores common sense and local realism back to the world. His work is an inspiration and everyone in the world of physics should pay attention to it.
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