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The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature (Dover Books on Physics) Reprint Edition
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Amazingly well explained concepts that stream you to the miniscule, abstract world of Quantum Mechanics.
The most remarkable part of this book is Pagels' lucid discussion on Bell's Inequality. Bell's Theorem, for those who are interested, forever demolishes the Einsteinian views of local causality, and of hidden variable determinism. Bell derived his classical probability and showed that either we have a violation of local causality (resulting in Einstein turning in his grave) OR, that if hidden variable theories are operative in the wave function, they do so non-locally (i.e. at the edge of spacetime).
In my own lectures and discussions, I have used Pagels' expose to derive a non two-additive Borel measure which explains the non-linear effects we see in actual polarization experiments of Bell's type. Indeed, Pagels gave life and meaning to my Complex-Valued Influence Probability Theory. In effect Pagels initial work, if read carefully, will expalin why we have quantum entanglement and the corkscrewing effects of oppositely-directed photons as they carry information non-locally and non-locally deterministically.
what Quantum Theory is all about and, in addition, the errors of
the various comparisons with Eastern Religions that have surfaced from it. In addition, it explains in detail "Bell's Inequality"as it applies to the Quantum phenomenon of "Entanglement" which has been misinterpreted as proof of the existence of what Einstein called "spooky information at at distance," equivalent to Star Trek's "Beam Me Up Scotty!" E.G. Telepathy.
I first read this book back in 1983 and have now lent my worn paperback copy to my son who is a college freshman and is majoring in physics & computer engineering.
For a quick overview of the physics, I would recommend THIS book, I Asimov's "Understanding Physics" and B Russel's "Layman's Guide to Relativity".
I wonder when Pagel's will write a second edition?
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Very well written and readable. However, the extensive discussion of enumerable sub-atomic particles seems to distract from the overall purpose of the book.Published 2 months ago by Peter Holden
quantum physics explained in qualitative terms; very readable and enjoyable for non-math people.Published 5 months ago by Rao Prabhakar
This book is probably the best basic book on modern science available,Published 9 months ago by Ross M. Jones
Pagels' book entitled Cosmic Code is one of the most fascinating books on quantum physics I have ever read during the past 30 years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Max W. Giger
Still one of the best introductions to the history of modern physics, and the understanding of particle physics and the structure of the Universe - well worth reading.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
A concise but necessarily somewhat outdated overview of modern physics which I greatly enjoyed and still highly recommend. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. F. J. Knijnenburg
Excellent laymans explanation of experimental and theoretical physics; excellent description of Bell's inequality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Donald B. Hamson