Nature Loves to Hide

Nature Loves to Hide : Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality, a Western Perspective

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The strangeness of modern physics has sparked several popular books - such as "The Tao of Physics" - that explore its affinity with Eastern mysticism. But the founders of quantum mechanics were educated in the classical traditions of Western civilization and Western philosophy. In "Nature Loves to Hide", physicist Shimon Malin takes readers on a fascinating tour of quantum theory - one that turns to Western philosophical thought to clarify this strange yet inescapable explanation of reality. Malin translates quantum mechanics into plain English, explaining its origins and workings against the backdrop of the famous debate between Niels Bohr and the skeptical Albert Einstein. Then he moves on to build a philosophical framework that can account for the quantum nature of reality. He shows, for instance, how Platonic and Neoplatonic thought resonates with quantum theory. He draws out the linkage between the concepts of Neoplatonism and the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 163.1 x 242.6 x 26.4mm | 627.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, 3 halftones, 19 line drawings
  • 0195138945
  • 9780195138948

About Shimon Malin

Shimon Malin is a Professor of Physics at Colgate University. A leading authority on quantum mechanics, General Relativity and cosmology, and philosophy, he is the author or co-author of three books and some fifty scientific papers. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.show more

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"A fascinating introduction to the strange world of quantum physics and its wider implications."--Christian Science Monitor"In recent years, there have been many books for the lay reader on quantum mechanics and its philosophical and metaphysical implications, but this is an exceptionally good one.... Takes the reader step by step through the famous and difficult paradoxes of modern physics with remarkable clarity of thought and expression.... One of the delights of this book is an extensive encounter with the profound philosophical ponderings, struggles, and debates of [Plato, Plotinus, Whitehead, and the founding fathers of quantum mechanics].... The author treats his reader with impeccable respect."--Christian Wertenbaker, Parabola"Delightful and clear. Marvelous simplicity. Difficult concepts are explained with humor and felicity. Malin does a wonderful job in turning the weirdness of quantum mechanics into an exciting and intriguing discovery of a new way of looking at and relating with reality. A rich feast of ideas and concepts from many seminal minds of the Western world, especially those of Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Whitehead, and Plotinus."--Ravi Ravindra, author of Science and the Sacred"This is a wonderful book. A clear presentation of the principles of quantum physics is followed by an equally clear exposition of the surprising resonance between quantum physics and great paradigms of Western civilization, both old and new. The entertaining conversations between two fictional characters add to the clarity of the presentation and the enjoyment of reading. A great read for anyone who is interested in the existential message of quantum mechanics."--Anne Freire-Ashbaugh, author of Plato's Theory of Explanationshow more

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