Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic by Victor J. Stenger

By Victor J. Stenger

Does quantum mechanics convey a connection among the human brain and the cosmos? Are our brains tuned right into a "cosmic consciousness" that pervades the universe allowing us to make our personal fact? Do quantum mechanics and chaos concept offer a spot for God to behave on the earth with no violating normal legislation?

Many renowned books make such claims and argue that key advancements in twentieth-century physics, resembling the uncertainty precept and the butterfly influence, help the concept that God or a common brain acts upon fabric reality.

Physicist Victor J. Stenger examines those contentions during this conscientiously reasoned and incisive research of well known theories that search to hyperlink spirituality to physics. in the course of the booklet Stenger alternates his discussions of renowned spirituality with a survey of what the findings of twentieth-century physics truly suggest. hence he bargains the reader an invaluable synopsis of up to date non secular rules in addition to simple yet subtle physics awarded in layperson's phrases (without equations).

Of specific curiosity during this e-book is Stenger's dialogue of a brand new type of deism, which proposes a God who creates a universe with many attainable pathways decided accidentally, yet in a different way doesn't intervene with the actual global or the lives of people. even though it is feasible, says Stenger, to conceive of this kind of God who performs cube with the universe and leaves no hint of his position as best mover, this type of God is a miles cry from conventional non secular principles of God and, in influence, could to boot now not exist.

Like his bestselling e-book, God, The Failed Hypothesis, this new paintings provides a carefully argued problem to many well known notions of God and spirituality.

Show description

Read Online or Download Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness PDF

Similar quantum physics books

The noisy oscillator: the first 100 years, from Einstein until now

This ebook comprises finished descriptions of stochastic strategies defined via underdamped and overdamped oscillator equations with additive and multiplicative random forcing. The latter is linked to random frequency or random damping. The insurance contains descriptions of assorted new phenomena stumbled on within the final hundred years because the rationalization of Brownian movement via Einstein, Smoluchovski and Langevin, reminiscent of the shift of good issues, noise-enhanced balance, stochastic resonance, resonant activation, and stabilization of metastable states.

Semiclassical theory of mesoscopic quantum systems

This e-book describes manifestations of classical dynamics and chaos within the quantum houses of mesoscopic platforms. over the last 20 years mesoscopic physics has advanced right into a speedily progressing and intriguing interdisciplinary box of physics. the 1st a part of the booklet bargains with integrable and chaotic classical dynamics with specific emphasis at the semiclassical description of spectral correlations, thermodynamic houses and linear reaction capabilities.

Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition

Offers a scientific and orderly improvement of the full of quantum mechanics when it comes to its purposes to atomic, nuclear, particle, and stable nation physics.

Extra info for Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Example text

_ The components of the new σi operators are clearly _ σ1 = σ1 cos θ - σ3 sin θ _ σ2 = σ2 _ σ3 = σ3 cos θ + σ1 sin θ    (151) _ Now let's try to produce the same σi with the following guess for U: iθ/2 σ2 U = e . 61 Likewise, _ U-1σ2U = σ2 (trivial) U-1σ3U = e-iθ/2σ2 σ3eiθ/2σ2 = σ3eiθσ2 = σ3(cos θ + iσ2 sin θ) = σ3 cos θ + σ1 sin θ _ = σ3. Summing up, we have found that: U = eiφ/2 σ3 describes a rotation by φ about the 3-axis. U = eiθ/2 σ2 describes a rotation by θ about the 2-axis. Using these operators, we can now describe the more general rotation shown below.

B. b. 44 The order of these operations or measurements is not important yet. It's time to say a little bit more about what the diagrams I have been drawing represent. Although we have used the S-G experimental apparatus to model these idealized measurements after, the above manipulations on the incoming "beam" do not actually represent physical operations carried out in real space. Instead, they represent operations carried out on individual particle characteristics in a mathematical "space" or arena where the concepts "amplitude" and "phase" makes sense.

Is |-+| + |+-|. b. + - (|-+| + |+-|) ⋅ + - (|-+| + |+-|) simply reconstitutes the original beam. 52 (|-+| + |+-|)⋅(|-+| + |+-|) = |-+||-+| + |-+||+-| + |+-||-+| + |+-||+-| = |-| + |+| = 1. Here are some more examples and the equations that go along with them. b. b. b. b. b. b. b. 53 Of course, the "-" beam's amplitude has in general been modified. Let's continue to investigate the two-physical outcome case. There are four independent measurement symbols: 1. |++| = |+| 2. |--| = |-| 3. |+-| 4.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.14 of 5 – based on 13 votes