Everyday Quantum Reality

  • by David A. Grandy
  • Narrated by Tim Lundeen
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most people have heard about quantum physics and its remarkable, well-nigh bizarre claims. And most people would assume that quantum reality describes a world quite different from ours. In this book, David A. Grandy shows that one can find quantum puzzles, or variations thereof, in the backyard of everyday experience. What disappears in transferring quantum theory to the everyday is the theory's mathematical formalism, but that need not imply a loss of analytic rigor. If quantum reality is truly as elemental and ubiquitous as many thinkers suggest, then alternative or complementary perspectives ought to be possible, and with the proliferation of such perspectives, a more fully rounded understanding of quantum reality -- and everyday reality -- might emerge. Everyday Quantum Reality is a step in that direction.
The book is published by Indiana University Press.

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"Far from being completely counterintuitive and beyond our experience, the findings of quantum physics have many analogs in everyday life, which we have simply not seen because of the grip of the classical worldview on our thinking. . . . Everyday Quantum Reality makes an important and original argument." (Alexander Wendt, author of Social Theory of International Politics)

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Philosophical growth on quantum physics' body

This book is a philosopher's take on quantum physics. The author starts out by arguing that though quantum physics concepts are observed on micro level and are usually considered counter intuitive to our every day experience many analogs to quantum physics phenomena can be found in everyday life. He then proceeds to peer on the everyday life experience through the philosophical microscope. And sure enough, he finds lots of examples of quantum processes - uncertainty, non-locality etc, especially that he doesn't overburden his search with too much of logical thinking.
So where is the big surprise? On microscopic philosophical level every day experience resembles microscopic quantum processes. On microscopic philosophical level you can see anything you are looking for.
In no way this book can be considered an introduction to quantum physics unless you want to get acquainted with quantum physics without actually understanding anything about it. If you are looking for an introduction, "Quantum Physics Cannot Hurt You" is an excellent book.
This book is also not the one that will improve your understanding of the quantum physics's concepts you are already familiar is. The only time this book was interesting was when the author quoted people like Niels Bohr or Carl Yung.
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- Irena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2012
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks