Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

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By (author) Bruce Rosenblum, By (author) Fred Kuttner

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  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 26mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071563979X
  • ISBN 13: 9780715639795
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 47,016

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Everyone knows that sub-atomic particles have some very strange qualities. Light sometimes behaves like a particle, sometimes like a wave. Objects separated by vast distances interact faster than the speed of light - what Einstein called 'spooky action at a distance'. Most strangely, the behaviour of objects somehow seems be determined in retrospect, depending on what the observer is looking for. In this ground-breaking work the authors show how these quantum properties are being observed in larger and larger objects. They set out carefully and cautiously exactly what quantum theory might mean for us. Quantum physics presents an unanswerable challenge to our common sense understanding of the universe, and the final explanation might not come from physics at all, but from the equally strange world of cognitive neuro-science - the mysteries of mind and matter might be one and the same.

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Bruce Rosenblum is Professor of Physics and former Chairperson of the Physics Department at the University of California. He has consulted extensively for the US government and industry. Fred Kuttner teaches physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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'This excellent book provides patient and luminous explanations... Rosenblum and Kuttner have done a brilliant job of shocking the reader anew' - Guardian. 'Rosenblum and Kuttner tie together two great mysteries: consciousness and the 'quantum enigma' of how reality coalesces out of the fog of quantum possibilities... an entertaining primer on the nuts and bolts of quantum theory' - New Scientist.