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Quantum Enigma

By: Bruce Rosenblum,Fred Kuttner
Narrated by: Christopher Grove
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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.

©2011 Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Wow. Very Informative and mind boggling.

As a theist looking for accurate information on quantum theory to better understand the arguments of the New Atheist movement, this book delivered. The authors (both quantum physics professors) are clearly unbiased, scientifically literate, and philosophically grounded. They don't take a position on theism, but present the science fairly, warts and all, thoroughly addressing the philosophical dilemmas quantum theory implies. I highly recommend this book.

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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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One of my favorite physics books so far... Step by step explanation into quantum physics and the impact of consciousness. Highly recommended

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Terrible

Classical physics makes no assertions about consciousness, free will, or any matter beyond objective reality. To label it deterministic, is at best presumption. There is no measurable relationship between consciousness and physical reality in spite of how many times one can cite the double slit experiment in a single book. The entire book is a waste of paper, bandwidth, and space-time. 1+1=2 needs no interpretation, and grants no deep epistemological insight. Why then, should any other equation.

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Great read!

Very thought provoking and easy to understand concepts for even non scientific minded readers. very much worth anyone's time.

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Good book, bad reader

Interesting book, although I wish the authors would have talked more about information theory and how that may be a component of consciousness. Also the reader made it nearly unbearable to work through this book. He has a Boston-type accent that causes him to slur certain words and every once in a while I could simply not understand a certain word he was saying, even after replaying a few times. Made me think that I could do a better job of reading a book..! But I’m glad I stuck through, the content of the book was worth it.

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Ouantum brainstorming,

Both entertaining and thought provoking. Easy to follow mental exercise. Will reference with other material.

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Great subject, labored treatment, terrible narrator

This is one of the most fascinating topics in science but this treatment did not do it justice, and it was crippled the soporific reader.

One could almost say the book, before being read, was in a superposition of being great and just ok, and upon being read and therefore observed, turned up in the “just ok” box.

The fictional substitute land of “neg and poke” was not a better nor more comprehensible description of quantum behavior than the two slit experiment and I think the authors should have just stuck with the latter and left the former out entirely. Many passages stood out as being sublime but the overall effect of the flat narration weighed it down.

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Exciting theories!

Even thought over a decade old I am intrigued and excited that this information and journey into the coexistence of life and mater continues even to this day. Though we can witness a flock swarming in unison or a massive school of fish moving as if they were one mind, we can see how consciousness is linked, it still makes me wonder why atheists still exist amongst us in a truly remarkable world. Listening as audio enhances my wonder. Recommend highly. And not being a major in chemistry, physics, or microbiology, still believe some ancient metaphysical truths that by design what makes us different than pure animal is ego, individuality, free will, competing for our existence. I believe that without religion, which provides certain ethics and moral compasses, we would would be extinct today while half of the worlds population is marching backwards toward enslavement, and half are moving forward towards freedom, enlightenment, and more godly things, like unconditional love, giving, and sharing.

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I love the book

it was very thought provoking and informative. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to expand their mind.

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