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The Serial Universe 1938 Paperback – October 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1417979042 ISBN-10: 1417979046

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417979046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417979042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Walker on February 7, 2007
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Dunne's books will open your mind to a world that is often overlooked these days outside the realm of religion. Who are we as a species and what are we doing here (in reality). Serial Universe is a great introduction to the ideas that surround serialism and the basic theories on life and time from a very accomplished inventor/thinker of the early 20th century. I started off with his first book, entitled "An Experiment with Time", and after a few readings felt as though it were time to move on. If you enjoy reading non-fiction and are interested in the nature of time, consciousness, and reality, then this is a great book to hunker down with over the course of a few months. Of course you can read it faster than that, but more than likely it will take a few readings to really understand...in fact, you might never truly understand unless you can toss aside some of today's basic notions about the subjects Mr. Dunne approaches.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Warren-Smith on August 1, 2008
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The Serial Universe 1938. The book as supplied is not the latest edition of this book. A later edition includes revisions and an index but the same number of pages. The new revised edition dated January MCMXLVIII (1948) includes a number of footnotes, where the author has given additional explanations of his concept. J. W. Dunne wrote two additional books expounding on his theories "The New Immortality" and "Nothing Dies", which he refers to in the preface to the second edition, where he describes the revisions that he intended to make. The three stars relates to the fact that it is not the latest edition of the book and not to the content of the book.
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The Serial Universe by J.W. Dunne, Kessinger (originally, The Macmillan Company, 1938), 244 ff.

John William Dunne was an Anglo-Irish aeronautical engineer and philosopher. He had a lifelong interest in science and particularly in what is now called parapsychology. Several of his books deal with the issue of `time' with suggestions as to how past, present and future can all be experienced by mediums. He distinguishes, like Locke and Kant, between the world of appearances and the world of underlying fundamental realities. Of the latter, we can say nothing (or, at least, we could say very little in the 1930s when this book was written). When we come to explore the material world in ever increasing detail, we are left with what appears to be an infinite regress into smaller and smaller particles until we are left with nothing but non-material waves of energy.

Dunne discusses how the world described by science `now' is different from that described `in the past' or that to be described `in the future'. What gives the observations `now' any privileged authority? All measurements must be made relative to some designated system and Dunne goes on to discuss relativity and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle - that absolute knowledge of properties of subatomic particles regarding position and momentum are impossible - or, at least, subject to a certain margin of error or probability. The book is easy to read physically because of the large print, but the arguments are rather convoluted and I didn't find them at all easy to follow. It's not the sort of book that needs an Index, so there isn't one.
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