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Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists Revised ed. Edition
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I wrote this review because the book is worth 5 stars. The one person who criticized the book, and brought the rating down to 4 stars, seemed to be talking about some other book. The review made no sense. My take is that it was a rant against a perception rather than an experience of the book. There is nothing New Age about this book. And this is much less a book about Ken Wilber's views (which are not New Age anyway) and much more a book about the views of Eddington, Pauli, Planck, Jeans, etc. If you're curious about the spiritual views of these men, here's your opportunity. Enjoy!!!
These are the intellectual giants who gave us the twin pillars of modern physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanics, upon which all of contemporary science rests. Given the popular view that they must have been atheists it is astonishing to learn that all of them were quite explicit in expressing the need for a mystical outlook extending beyond the physical world.
Let's be clear. Wilber as editor has not pulled a few paragraphs out of context. Erwin Schroedinger for example writes of "the mystic vision", De Broglie writes that "the mechanism demands a mysticism", and Wolfgang Pauli speaks of "embracing the rational and the mystical."
None of these men were particularly 'religious' however. The popular religions of today (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), may be viewed as specific theories of Ultimate Reality (this reviewer's characterization). They all make specific statements - some empirically testable, many others not - about people and events in the physical world and how these related to God, or Allah, or All That Is, or some similar term.
Mysticism on the other hand is not a religion but a path to understanding. It has nothing to do with religious creeds or doctrines, or whether or not there is a personal God, and certainly nothing to do with science which is something else entirely.Read more ›
some of the key big names of modern physics. Well edited
and insightfully commented, Wilber presents a strong case
that these physicists were indeed not philosophical
materialists, and some were outright mystical.
Thomas Brophy, PhD (physics)
Definitely worth reading and keeeping as a precious possession.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for a book like this all my life and was very surprised to find that such a book had been written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Louis Drew
The writer is caught up with his own discussion which for the most part was an endless rhetorical semantic rambling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jon
I read this book years ago and continue to use it as a reference. It is fascinating to hear the candid musings from the world's greatest physicists!Published 12 months ago by Ed Lantz
too much quibbling about the find meaning of words. Not very helpful in perspective of my life.Published 13 months ago by Richard S. Fowler
I couldn't get much out of the book. Please, dear authors, make your introductions much shorter. This book for instance bored me to death with the first 20 pages, no less. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ibrahim
It delivers what it promises. It is really reassuring to see that the best and brightest minds in physics shared a common mystical thread. Read morePublished 20 months ago by William M. Billich