Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters ConsciousnessIn trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of onethird 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 itselfand 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 mindblowing. Readers 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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User Review  neurodrew  LibraryThingQuantum Enigma Bruce Rosenbaum and Fred Kuttner June 8, 2010 Quantum theory is unchallenged as an explanation for observed phenomena, but has at is core the completely fantastic idea that observation ... Read full review
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User Review  P_S_Patrick  LibraryThingI've read a few books about quantum mechanics, and its speculated involvements with consciousness. This book is specifically subtitled "Physics Encounters Consciousness", so I was a bit annoyed to ... Read full review
Contents
And I Wish I Had Known  3 
A Quantum Parable  11 
A Universal Law of Motion  21 
4 All the Rest of Classical Physics  39 
5 How the Quantum Was Forced on Physics  55 
The New Universal Law of Motion  73 
The Observer Problem  87 
8 Our Skeleton in the Closet  101 
EPR  155 
Bells Theorem  173 
14 Experimental Metaphysics  193 
15 Whats Going On? Interpreting the Quantum Enigma  203 
16 The Mystery of Consciousness  221 
17 The Mystery Meets the Enigma  237 
18 Consciousness and the Quantum Cosmos  257 
Suggested Reading  271 
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