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Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (American Philosophy) Reprint Edition

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Epperson has done a wonderful job showing what one of the most detailed metaphysical theories of the 20th century--Whitehead's philosophy of process--contributes to the interpretation of quantum mechanics. The book is highly recommended to anybody interested in quantum physics.

Frank Hattich - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Epperson's book is a clear and concerted effort to show how quantum mechanics slips neatly into the clothes of Whitehead's conceptual scheme...that the decoherence theories of Zurek, Gell-Mann, Omnès and others fit well with Whitehead's scheme of the genesis ('becoming') of his events ('actual occasions').

Peter Simons - Metascience

This book explores the relationships between Whiteheadian philosophy and quantum mechanics in quite significant detail (including discussion of all nine Categorial Obligations!) Background needed to understand technical aspects of either physics or of Whitehead's philosophy are concisely reviewed.
 
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"Starting from recent interpretations of paradoxical experiments in quantum physics--such as those on nonlocality and decoherence--Michael Epperson has done a wonderful job of exploring in detail the remarkable parallels in Alfred North Whitehead's philosophical analysis of the transition from potentiality to actuality in elementary events."

IAN G. BARBOUR, author of "Religion and Science" (Gifford Lectures Series)

"Many of us in the 'process' community have felt a general congruity between Whitehead's cosmology and quantum theory, even though the latter may have directly affected Whitehead's conceptuality only tangentially. We have been glad that in the past decade there has been growing interest among quantum theorists in Whitehead's thought. We especially welcome this remarkable volume. It proposes a correlation of Whitehead's quite technical analysis of the phases of the concrescence of momentary occasions and the strange account of quantum events to which the evidence has driven physicists. At the very least, Michael Epperson has put forward ideas that warrant close attention and point fruitful directions for further inquiry. We may have here a still more successful work, which provides a definitive philosophical ground for quantum theory. In either case, this is an important, as well as a brilliant, book."

JOHN B. COBB, JR., Director, Center for Process Studies

"Coming at a time when interest in correlating physics and Whitehead's philosophy has been expanding exponentially, the appearance of Epperson's book is an event of first importance. Employing the decoherence-based interpretation of quantum mechanics, Epperson shows that it can be correlated rather precisely with Whitehead's notion of 'concrescence.' Besides thereby showing how Whitehead's philosophy brings out the ontological significance of quantum mechanics, Epperson also demonstrates that students of Whitehead's philosophy will understand it better by seeing quantum mechanics as a specific exemplification of its general principles."

DAVID RAY GRIFFIN, author of "Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts"
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Product Details

  • Series: American Philosophy (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823250121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823250127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Gressett on April 5, 2012
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After understanding the mathematics and the described behavior of quantum mechanics, I was inclined to agree with Feynman's statement that nobody really understands it. It's frustrating that we have such a detailed, accurate description of the fundamental nature of reality with no compelling explanation of it. Have you found various interpretations unsatisfactory? Ever tried to invent an interpretation yourself and stumbled into a spectacular philosophical mess?

After being blown away by "A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality", whether or not ANW's masterpiece could actually explain this enigmatic theory was the acid test of its value.

This book lays out that interpretation simply and thoroughly. Even if you don't truck much with linear algebra, bra-ket vector notation, etc., the diagrams and descriptions make the content easily accessible.

Epperson proves Feynman's famous quote wrong. The thrill of having such a lucid insight on deep reality has to be experienced, it cannot be described. You see a new magic in the working of the world and your experience in it.
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The intelligent readers of quantum theory/philosophy books usually give them lots of stars, and the dummies 1-3. I am not a dummy, veteran of Bohm,et al, with a large portion of my library devoted to the related genres. This book was unreadable to me. Maybe the writer's style just did not resonate with the parallel processors and patterns in my meat computer, or it has a wave function I am unable to collapse. I know it is a worthwhile addition to the library on the subjects, so I gave it 3 stars.
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By Ed Peak on May 14, 2013
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just what i expected...intense and educational,,i give it an eight ........about as hard a read as i was thinking it would be, but o.k.....
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