Quantum Leaps

Quantum Leaps

Book - 2009
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How-- and how pervasively-- quantum mechanics has entered the general culture is the subject of this book, an engaging, eclectic, and thought-provoking look at the curious, boundlessly fertile intersection of scientific thought and everyday life.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780674035416
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Feb 22, 2010

Despite its attractive cover, this is a pointless and aimless book that wanders all over the place.
The book has interesting stories about the lives of some notable scientists and others, including the authors, which redeems it a bit.
It explores in depth Bells' Theory, which is very interesting and informative if you want a deeper understanding of it.
But I wonder what the authors intent was with all this.
At the end of this rambling overview of quantum theory, he criticizes at length some fiction writers for not understanding the quantum theory, which I fail to see has anything to do with anything and does not belong in a non-fiction book.
Then he takes a rudimentary pot shot at spirituality - and misses - because he clearly does not know much about spirituality.
A great deal has been written since the Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, the two books he lambasts for being out of date - new material he has never read, and ideas he has not explored.
He leaves us with the rather lame conclusion that physics and spirituality don't belong on the same page together, which is contrary to much of current thought. He fails to bring anything new to that old debate.


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