The Non-local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind by Robert L. Nadeau, Menas Kafatos (Paperback, 2001)
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- DescriptionClassical physics states that physical reality is local-a point in space cant influence ather point beyond a relatively short distance. However, In 1997, experiments were conducted in which light particles (photons) originated under certain conditions and traveled in opposite directions to detectors located about seven miles apart. The amazing results indicated that the photons interacted or communicated with one ather instantly or in time. Since a distance of seven miles is quite vast in quantum physics, this led physicists to an extraordinary conclusion-even if experiments could somehow be conducted in which the distance between the detectors was half-way across the kwn universe, the results would indicate that interaction or communication between the photons would be instantaneous. What was revealed in these little-kwn experiments in 1997 is that physical reality is n-local-a discovery that Robert Nadeau and Menas Kafatos view as the most momentous in the history of science. In The Non-Local Universe, Nadeau and Kafatos offer a revolutionary look at the breathtaking implications of n-locality. They argue that since every particle in the universe has been entangled with other particles like the two photons in the 1997 experiments, physical reality on the most basic level is an undivided wholeness. In addition to demonstrating that physical processes are vastly interdependent and interactive, they also show that more complex systems in both physics and biology display emergent properties and/or behaviors that cant be explained in the terms of the sum of parts. One of the most startling implications of n-locality in human terms, claim the authors, is that there is longer any basis for believing in the stark division between mind and world that has preoccupied much of western thought since the seventeenth century. And they also make a convincing case that human consciousness can w be viewed as emergent from and seamlessly connected with the entire cosmos. In pursuing this groundbreaking argument, the authors t only provide a fascinating history of developments that led to the discovery of n-locality and the sometimes heated debate between the great scientists responsible for these discoveries. They also argue that advances in scientific kwledge have further eroded the boundaries between physics and biology, and that recent studies on the evolution of the human brain suggest that the logical foundations of mathematics and ordinary language are much more similar than we previously imagined. What this new kwledge reveals, the authors conclude, is that the connection between mind and nature is far more intimate than we previously dared to imagine. What they offer is a revolutionary look at the implications of n-locality, implications that reach deep into that most intimate aspect of humanity-consciousness.
- Author BiographyRobert Nadeau, a historian of science, has written seven books on the implications of advances in science and technology. Menas Kafatos, a physicist, has published numerous books and articles on computational science, astrophysics, earth systems science, general relativity and the foundations of quantum theory. They are both professors at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.
- Author(s)Menas Kafatos,Robert L. Nadeau
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication26/05/2001
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note21 figures
- Weight336 g
- Width135 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine13 mm
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