In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. They found, to their embarrassment, that with their theory, physics encounters consciousness. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, emphasizing what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is heatedly controversial. But every interpretation of quantum physics involves consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum mechanics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer the only sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves. In the few decades since the Bell's theorem experiments established the existence of entanglement (Einstein's "spooky action"), interest in the foundations, and the mysteries, of quantum mechanics has accelerated. In recent years, physicists, philosophers, computer engineers, and even biologists have expanded our realization of the significance of quantum phenomena. This second edition includes such advances. The authors have also drawn on many responses from readers and instructors to improve the clarity of the book's explanations.
Physics Encounters Consciousness
Author: Bruce Rosenblum,Fred Kuttner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Following the overthrow of the classical world picture by the findings of quantum mechanics, physicists have proposed a broad gamut of alternative world views. This book begins with the major recognition that each of these suffers from a certain 'residual Cartesianism' that has been smuggled in unconsciously. It turns out that the moment one discards this hidden and problematic premise, quantum theory begins to 'make sense' in a way that it never has before. As the author shows, it is now possible, for the first time, to integrate the findings of quantum physics into a world view that is neither forced nor ad hoc, but conforms to the permanent intuitions of mankind. Surprisingly, this treatise can be read not only by scientists, but also by readers unacquainted with the technical conceptions of physics or the quantum-reality literature. Wolfgang Smith graduated from Cornell University at age eighteen with majors in physics, philosophy, and mathematics.After taking an M.S. in physics at Purdue he pursued research in aerodynamics, where his papers on diffusion fields have provided the theoretical key to the solution of the re-entry problem for space flight.After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University, Dr. Smith held faculty positions at M.I.T, U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University, where he served as Professor of Mathematics until his retirement in 1992. In addition to numerous technical publications (relating to differential topology), Dr. Smith has published three previous books and many articles dealing with foundational and interdisciplinary problems. He has been especially concerned to unmask conceptions of a scientistic kind widely accepted today as scientific truths. "Wolfgang Smith is as important a thinker as our times boast, and this is his most seminal book." -Huston Smith "The Quantum Enigma is of great importance not only for the philosophy of science, but also for the whole domain of human knowledge, and should be disseminated as widely as possible." -Seyyed Hossein Nasr "Unusually interesting . . . profoundly enlightening." -Henry Margenau
Finding the Hidden Key
Author: Wolfgang Smith
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
Quantum mechanics is one of mankind's most remarkable intellectual achievements. Stunningly successful and elegant, it challenges our deepest intuitions about the world. In this book, seventeen physicists and philosophers, all deeply concerned with understanding quantum mechanics, reply to Schlosshauer's penetrating questions about the central issues. They grant us an intimate look at their radically different ways of making sense of the theory's strangeness. What is quantum mechanics about? What is it telling us about nature? Can quantum information or new experiments help lift the fog? And where are we headed next? Everyone interested in the contemporary but often longstanding conundrums of quantum theory, whether lay reader or expert, will find much food for thought in these pages. A wealth of personal reflections and anecdotes guarantee an engaging read. Participants: Guido Bacciagaluppi, Caslav Brukner, Jeffrey Bub, Arthur Fine, Christopher Fuchs, GianCarlo Ghirardi, Shelly Goldstein, Daniel Greenberger, Lucien Hardy, Anthony Leggett, Tim Maudlin, David Mermin, Lee Smolin, Antony Valentini, David Wallace, Anton Zeilinger, and Wojciech Zurek.
The Quantum Interviews
Author: Maximilian Schlosshauer
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Rosenblum and Kuttner physicists set out clearly the historical development of this theory.The quantum enigma offers an entertaining approach to a mystery that haunted physicists for the past eight decades. Quantum theory explains the mechanism governing the behavior of atoms, none of its predictions has proved false and no scientist puts it in question.
The Spooky Interaction of Mind and Matter
Author: Bruce Rosenblum,Fred Kuttner
Publisher: Duckworth Publishing
Category: Quantum theory
The intellectual adventure story of the "double-slit" experiment, showing how a sunbeam split into two paths first challenged our understanding of light and then the nature of reality itself--and continues to almost 200 years later. Many of the greatest scientific minds have grappled with this experiment. Thomas Young devised it in the early 1800s to show that light behaves like a wave, and in doing so opposed Isaac Newton's view that light is made of particles. But then Albert Einstein showed that light comes in quanta, or particles. Quantum mechanics was born. This led to a fierce debate between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality--subatomic bits of matter and its interaction with light--again as revealed by the double-slit experiment. Richard Feynman held that it embodies the central mystery of the quantum world. Decade after decade, hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have returned to this ingenious experiment to help them answer deeper and deeper questions about the fabric of the universe. How can a single particle behave both like a particle and a wave? Does a particle, or indeed reality, exist before we look at it, or does looking create reality, as the textbook "Copenhagen interpretation" of quantum mechanics seems to suggest? How can particles influence each other faster than the speed of light? Is there a place where the quantum world ends and the familiar classical world of our daily lives begins, and if so, can we find it? And if there's no such place, then does the universe split into two each time a particle goes through the double-slit? Through Two Doors at Once celebrates the elegant simplicity of an iconic experiment and its profound reach. With his extraordinarily gifted eloquence, Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world, through history and down to the smallest scales of physical reality we have yet fathomed. It is the most fantastic voyage you can take.
The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality
Author: Anil Ananthaswamy
This reader-friendly, richly illustrated book provides an engaging overview of quantum physics, from “big ideas” like probability and uncertainty and conservation laws to the behavior of quarks and photons and neutrinos, and on to explanations of how a laser works and why black holes evaporate.
Author: Kenneth William Ford
Publisher: Harvard University Press
The classical mechanistic idea of nature that prevailed in science during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was an essentially mindless conception: the physically described aspects of nature were asserted to be completely determined by prior physically described aspects alone, with our conscious experiences entering only passively. During the twentieth century the classical concepts were found to be inadequate. In the new theory, quantum mechanics, our conscious experiences enter into the dynamics in specified ways not fixed by the physically described aspects alone. Consequences of this radical change in our understanding of the connection between mind and brain are described. This second edition contains two new chapters investigating the role of quantum phenomena in the problem of free will and in the placebo effect.
Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer
Author: Henry P. Stapp
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world—a US News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and a “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe. Every now and then a simple yet radical idea shakes the very foundations of knowledge. The startling discovery that the world was not flat challenged and ultimately changed the way people perceived themselves and their relationship with the world. For most humans of the 15th century, the notion of Earth as ball of rock was nonsense. The whole of Western, natural philosophy is undergoing a sea change again, increasingly being forced upon us by the experimental findings of quantum theory, and at the same time, towards doubt and uncertainty in the physical explanations of the universe’s genesis and structure. Biocentrism completes this shift in worldview, turning the planet upside down again with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe instead of the other way around. In this paradigm, life is not an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism takes the reader on a seemingly improbable but ultimately inescapable journey through a foreign universe—our own—from the viewpoints of an acclaimed biologist and a leading astronomer. Switching perspective from physics to biology unlocks the cages in which Western science has unwittingly managed to confine itself. Biocentrism will shatter the reader’s ideas of life—time and space, and even death. At the same time it will release us from the dull worldview of life being merely the activity of an admixture of carbon and a few other elements; it suggests the exhilarating possibility that life is fundamentally immortal. The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science with a simple idea discovered by one of the leading life-scientists of our age. Biocentrism awakens in readers a new sense of possibility, and is full of so many shocking new perspectives that the reader will never see reality the same way again.
How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
Author: Bob Berman,Robert Lanza
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
The Quantum Challenge, Second Edition, is an engaging and thorough treatment of the extraordinary phenomena of quantum mechanics and of the enormous challenge they present to our conception of the physical world. Traditionally, the thrill of grappling with such issues is reserved for practicing scientists, while physical science, mathematics, and engineering students are often isolated from these inspiring questions. This book was written to remove this isolation.
Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Author: George Greenstein,Arthur Zajonc
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
1. How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe. Menas Kafatos, Rudolph E. Tanzi, and Deepak Chopra 2. Cosmological Foundations of Consciousness. Chris King 3. The Origin of the Modern Anthropic Principle. Helge Kragh 4. Consciousness in the Universe: Neuroscience, Quantum Space-Time Geometry. Roger Penrose, and Stuart Hameroff 5. What Consciousness Does: A Quantum Cosmology of Mind. Chris J. S. Clarke 6. Quantum Physics & the Multiplicity of Mind: Split-Brains, Fragmented Minds, Dissociation, Quantum Consciousness. R. Joseph 7. Logic of Quantum Mechanics and Phenomenon of Consciousness. Michael B. Mensky 8. Evolution of Paleolithic Cosmology and Spiritual Consciousness. R. Joseph 9. Alien Life and Quantum Consciousness, Randy D. Allen 10. Evolution of Consciousness in the Ancient Corners of the Cosmos. R. Joseph 11. How Consciousness Became the Universe R. Joseph 12. Cosmology and Psyche in the Classical World: Plato, Aristotle, Zeno, Ptolemy, Nicholas Campion 13. Was There A Ptolemaic Revolution in Ancient Egyptian Astronomy? Nicholas Campion
Quantum Physics and Neuroscience of Mind
Author: Deepak Chopra,Helge Kragh,Michael Mensky
Publisher: Science Publishers
The Quantum Physics of the Mind, Explained. Table of Contents 1. The Conscious Observer in the Quantum Experiment Fred Kuttner and Bruce Rosenblum, 2. Quantum Reality and Mind. Henry P. Stapp, 3. Cosmos and Quantum: Frontiers for the Future. Menas Kafatos, Schmid 4. Neoclassical Cosmology, Cosmos and Quantum. Theodore Walker Jr., 5. Can Discoverability Help Us Understand Cosmology? Nicholas Beale, 6. On Meaning, Consciousness and Quantum Physics. Yair Neuman, and Boaz Tamir, 7. Quantum Reality and Evolution Theory. Lothar Schafer, 8. Four Perspectives on Consciousness. Varadaraja V. Raman, 9. Synchronicity, Quantum Information and the Psyche. Francois Martin, Ph.D., Federico Carminati, Giuliana Galli Carminati, 10. Speculations about the Direct Effects of Intention on Physical Manifestation. Imants Barus 11. Consciousness and Quantum Measurement: New Empirical Data. York H. Dobyns, 12. Consciousness and Quantum Physics. Gordon Globus, 13. Logic of Quantum Mechanics and Phenomenon of Consciousness Michael B. Mensky, 14. A Quantum Physical Effect of Consciousness Shan Gao 15. The Universe, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness. Subhash Kak, 16. Does Quantum Mechanics Require A Conscious Observer? Michael Nauenberg, 17. Consciousness Vectors Steven Bodovitz, 18. Quantum Physics, Advanced Waves and Consciousness Antonella Vannini and Ulisse Di Corpo, 20. Consciousness in the Universe Sir Roger Penrose, and S. Hameroff, M.D., 20. The Quantum Hologram And the Nature of Consciousness Edgar D. Mitchell and Robert Staretz 21. Quantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind: Split-Brains, Fragmented Minds, Dissociation, Quantum Consciousness. R. Joseph. 22. Many Mansions: Special Relativity, Higher-Dimensional Space, Neuroscience Consciousness and Time, John Smythies, Ph.D.
The Quantum Physics of the Mind, Explained
Author: Bruce Rosenblum,Lecturer Department of Physics Fred Kuttner,Henry Stapp
Publisher: Science Publishers
Covering the fundamentals as well as many special topics of current interest, this is the most concise, up-to-date, and accessible graduate-level textbook on quantum mechanics available. Written by Gerald Mahan, a distinguished research physicist and author of an acclaimed textbook on many-particle physics, Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell is the distillation of many years' teaching experience. Emphasizing the use of quantum mechanics to describe actual quantum systems such as atoms and solids, and rich with interesting applications, the book proceeds from solving for the properties of a single particle in potential; to solving for two particles (the helium atom); to addressing many-particle systems. Applications include electron gas, magnetism, and Bose-Einstein Condensation; examples are carefully chosen and worked; and each chapter has numerous homework problems, many of them original. Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell expertly addresses traditional and modern topics, including perturbation theory, WKBJ, variational methods, angular momentum, the Dirac equation, many-particle wave functions, Casimir Force, and Bell's Theorem. And it treats many topics--such as the interactions between photons and electrons, scattering theory, and density functional theory--in exceptional depth. A valuable addition to the teaching literature, Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell is ideally suited for a two-semester course. The most concise, up-to-date, and accessible graduate textbook on the subject Contains the ideal amount of material for a two-semester course Focuses on the description of actual quantum systems, including a range of applications Covers traditional topics, as well as those at the frontiers of research Treats in unprecedented detail topics such as photon-electron interaction, scattering theory, and density functional theory Includes numerous homework problems at the end of each chapter
Author: Gerald D. Mahan
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Throughout human history, thoughts, values and behaviours have been coloured by language and the prevailing view of the universe. With the advent of Quantum Mechanics, relativity, non-Euclidean geometries, non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics, the scientific view of the world has changed dramatically from just a few decades ago. Nonetheless, human thinking is still deeply rooted in the cosmology of the middle ages. This is the book to change your way of perceiving yourself -- and the universe. Some say it's materialistic, others call it scientific and still others insist it's mystical. It is all of these -- and none. The book for the 21st Century, complete with exercises. Picks up where "Prometheus Rising" left off. Some say it's materialistic, others call it scientific and still others insist it's mystical. It is all of these -- and none.
How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Publisher: New Falcon Publications
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Deepen your understanding of quantum physics and expanded states of awareness with Quantum Consciousness, an enlightening guide that helps you pull science and spirituality closer together. This book invites you to tour alternate realities, parallel lives, interdimensional consciousness, and even the very fabric of the universe. Specially emphasized are four aspects of quantum consciousness--the Creator Effect, Intanglement, Everywhereness, and Holographic Healing. You'll also find a detailed exploration of the various realms of consciousness, including stored consciousness, alternate consciousness, parallel consciousness, and interdimensional consciousness. Quantum Consciousness helps you make life-changing discovers and move past the limitations of your current mindset.
Journey Through Other Realms
Author: Peter Smith
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
How to make it, break it, hack it, crack it. The secret history of codes and code breaking. Simon Singh’s best-selling title The Code Book now re-issued for the young-adult market.
Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction