Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner

By Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner

In attempting to comprehend the atom, physicists equipped quantum mechanics, the main profitable conception in technological know-how and the foundation of one-third of our financial system. they discovered, to their embarrassment, that with their idea, physics encounters cognizance. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner clarify all this in non-technical phrases with support from a few fanciful tales and anecdotes in regards to the theory's builders. They current the quantum secret truthfully, emphasizing what's and what's now not hypothesis. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum proof, and the quantum concept explaining them, is undisputed. examining what all of it ability, in spite of the fact that, is heatedly debatable. yet each interpretation of quantum physics consists of realization. Rosenblum and Kuttner hence flip to exploring recognition itself--and come across quantum mechanics. loose will and anthropic ideas develop into the most important concerns, and the relationship of realization with the cosmos instructed through a few top quantum cosmologists is impressive. Readers are delivered to a boundary the place the actual services of physicists isn't any longer the single convinced advisor. they'll locate, in its place, the evidence and tricks supplied via quantum mechanics and the facility to take a position for themselves.

In the few a long time because the Bell's theorem experiments tested the life of entanglement (Einstein's "spooky action"), curiosity within the foundations, and the mysteries, of quantum mechanics has sped up. lately, physicists, philosophers, desktop engineers, or even biologists have increased our consciousness of the importance of quantum phenomena. This moment variation contains such advances. The authors have additionally drawn on many responses from readers and teachers to enhance the readability of the book's causes.

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After Halley’s warning that others might scoop him, Newton spent a furious eighteen months producing Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. What we now just call Principia was published in 1687 with Halley footing the bill. Newton’s fears of criticism were realized; some even claimed he stole their work. Though Principia was widely recognized as the profound revelation of Nature’s laws, being mathematically rigorous and in Latin, it was little read. Chapter 3 Our Newtonian Worldview But popularized versions soon appeared.

Not so for charged bodies which repelled each other. He realized that those bodies that attracted each other canceled each other’s charge. Cancellation is a property of positive and negative numbers. Franklin therefore assigned algebraic signs, positive (+) and negative (–), to charged objects. Bodies with charges of opposite sign attract each other. Bodies with charges of the same sign repel each other. (Franklin’s work on electricity is in good part responsible for the existence of the United States.

Or that the phases of the moon, or incantations, might be relevant? The flu, its full name “influenza,” is so named because it was originally explained in terms of a supernatural influence. By contrast, in the Newtonian worldview, Nature was a machine whose workings, though incompletely understood, need be no more mysterious than the clock whose gears are not seen. Acceptance of such a physically real world has become our conventional wisdom. Though we may say the car “doesn’t want to start,” we expect the mechanic to find a physical explanation.

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