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A Beginner's Guide to Reality: Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in Wonderland Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2006
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Jim Baggott has done a real service to the community of questing souls. He gives a lucid, thoughtful, and helpful account of one of this century s great conundrums. (Times Literary Supplement) "
Baggott has an entertaining style, with clever use of analogies and diagrams. The book s realist honesty shines like a beacon through the fog of contemporary mystical speculations. (New Scientist) "
Reading this book is like having an informal, intimate conversation with and informed thinker. Enthusiastically recommended... (Library Journal, starred review) " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jim Baggott is the author of The Meaning of Quantum Theory: A Guide for Students and Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory, both published by Oxford University Press. He lives in England.
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The beginning parts should be easy to understand, a little bit of the philosphy was repetitive to the point where I got lost in what he was trying to say or trying to connect, but pushing through and ignoring those bits didn't hurt the rest.
The physics parts when it came to quantum theory were rather tough, and even got into a little bit of math that seemed weird to me, the percentages of directions for example. But again pushing past the points he was trying to make there, didn't hurt much either, you could just take the provided conclusions and move on with out hurting your brain.
Though I don't think you should skip the rest of the book and go straight to the end of it because there is a lot of value in the whole of the book, the epilogue is one of my favorite parts. It is where he takes most of the knowledge of the book and breaks down the 3 perspectives: empiricism, social constructivism, and scientific realism. These can be said to be similar to being Atheist, Agnostic, and Theist.