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Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics Paperback – February 20, 1987
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This book discusses the implications of quantum theory and why they have led prominent physicists to believe that there may not be any deep reality, or that reality only exists when an intelligent observer is looking, or that all things are interrelated in a manner that allows "action at a distance" to travel beyond the speed of light (actually instantaneously), or that there are many parallel worlds continuously being created. All of these ideas appear to be straight out of science fiction, but they are in actuality concepts developed by some of the most renowned physicists of the 20th century. Read this book to see why this "science fiction" may indeed be science fact. The book has an overview of quantum theory, but this overview is, in my opinion, presented much more clearly in other books (to be discussed). The ideas of quantum reality are, however, presented in a more organized and focused manner than in other books devoted to this subject. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the uncertainty principal based on the wave equation as opposed to that of matrix mechanics, which I was already familiar with.
I almost did not read this book because of the way that it is presented. I looked it over several times before buying it. I had the following concerns, discussed below, which were largely unwarranted. I mention them here because the readers of this review may have similar concerns.Read more ›
He shows how the strangeness of the quantum world is implicit in the ordinary experiments of physicists. (what he calls the "Cinderalla Effect.") The best thing about this book is that the main thrust of the book is speculation on the nature of deep reality, without it being a "New Age" treatment like the "Tao of Physics" and other books. Yes, reality may be affected by consciousness, he says, but only in certain contexts and only for dynamic attributes of particles.
The book ends with a discussion with Bell's theorem that reality itself is nonlocal (unmediated, unmitigated, and immediate action-at-a-distance forces acting upon objects.) He explains that this nonlocality exists even if quantum theory eventually turns out to be false.
The quantum world is strange and mysterious enough without "New Age" explanations added unto it, as you will discover when you read this book.
This book delves into the realm of accuracy in certainty and certainty in randomness and beyond! Afraid of math? Don't worry, this book does a superb job of explaining the subject in terms a layman can understand. Is probability an optimists way of expressing uncertainty, or is uncertainty really random, or is random just a term to conceal our ignorance? You'll get the answer. Very weird!
It explains very succinctly the two most important waveforms in science, sine waves and spherical harmonics. Thought color was an inate attribute? Wrong! Learn the 5-steps to take to find a attribute of a quon using quantum theory! You'll think you're Steven Hawkings after reading this great book! Now I can say with confidence that DNA is to genetic code what a waveform attribute is to cosmic code! What the hell did I just say? You'll know after reading this book! Become a genius (or at least look like one) in a week!
Even if you don't like scienctific "stuff", you'll love this book just for its weirdness! You'll see why possibility squared equals probability! heh heh... You'll also find out if a tree really makes a noise if it falls in a forest when you're not there! :)
Wondering about the finer aspects of the photoelectric effect? It's in here. Why does a camera lens look purplish? It's in here too! What is reality? ... :) If you thought Bell's Theorem was weird, you haven't seen nothin' yet! There is nothing as weird as quantum theory. You won't want to believe it, but "quantum theory boldly exposes itself to potential fasification on a thousand diffent fronts. Its record is impressive: quantum theory passes EVERY test we [physicists and philosphers alike] can devise. After over 60 years of play, this theory is still batting a thousand." pg. 94
Buy this book and enjoy! That is... if the book is real!
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This is an excellent introduction to quantum mechanics. The writer gives only as much history as necessary, but focuses on interpreting the meaning of the theory, using a variety... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hendrick Mcdonald
This book is good for reader with intermediate level of quantum physics knowledge. If you are looking for a comprehensive summary of the search for quantum reality, this is a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jmyang
A slightly difficult book, but very much worth the effort! Quantum reality is a subject in a flux, forever changing but this gives an excellent foundation.Published 5 months ago by KanjiHanzi
One of the best books on this topic. Understandable to wide audience without sacrifice of the rigorous logic.Published 13 months ago by ceslava mickevicius
This book depends on too much jargon in explanations and needs more analogy in explaining concepts. It does not draw enough comparisons and contrasts between the points of view. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ABG
Sober and mandatory read for those lost souls, like Einstein, that have wasted their talents trying to re-interpret quantum mechanics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Talbot
This is a different angle on Quantum Physics as this author has chosen to elaborate on the different quantum reality views help by different camps of thought. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rod M.
This is the best summary I have read of the eight most popular interpretations of the meaning of Quantum Theory. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Fran