Quantum Enigma

  • by Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner
  • Narrated by Christopher Grove
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 nontechnical 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.
Listeners 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.

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Even I could understand this.

Narrated well, and as complex as this topic could be they wrote this in a way the lay person could understand.
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- Nick

Finally someone willing to discuss this

Rosenblum and Kuttner did a great service by engaging the enigma. The only criticism I have is the last chapter where more could have been developed, especially the strong anthropic principle. Like most physics and cosmologists, the authors dismiss the God hypothesis without serious consideration. I don’t mind their dismissal as much as the fallacious way it is often dismissed. Most often given is that they would be put into an infinite regression or, as here, the “ultimate observer” should not have to tinker along the way. Instead, we created ourselves? The authors forget that a probabilistic universe would indeed need fine tuning and tinkering. This would give theologians headaches but it isn’t it less problematic than the inherent self-contradictory nature of we being the observers that collapsed the universe wave function? As our understanding of the quantum world grows, we should expect it to be increasingly “weird.” Once we discovered the universe had a beginning, logic dictates that our reality would have had to arisen from another reality, one totally other. At this point, nothing should be off the table. I suspect this is often more about our loyalty to a worldview than intellectual honesty.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios