HEINZ PAGELS COSMIC CODE PDF

Shelves: good-things , to , astronomy , complexity , american-history , education , european-history , general-history , general-science , intellectual-history Written in the mids and stands as a solid popular science book on 20th-century physics. A physicist at a dead show back in the s recommended Pagels to read if I was interested in Physics. I have read a lot of physics books in the meantime but I finally got around to the book he recommended. Thanks, Pagels is pretty good. I should have read him sooner. This book explains things for the layman better than most although the book was written 27 years ago and some of his information is obviously out of date.

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Shelves: good-things , to , astronomy , complexity , american-history , education , european-history , general-history , general-science , intellectual-history Written in the mids and stands as a solid popular science book on 20th-century physics. A physicist at a dead show back in the s recommended Pagels to read if I was interested in Physics. I have read a lot of physics books in the meantime but I finally got around to the book he recommended.

Thanks, Pagels is pretty good. I should have read him sooner. This book explains things for the layman better than most although the book was written 27 years ago and some of his information is obviously out of date.

Relativity and quantum mechanics have replaced Newtonian physics as the accepted reality of our universe. The Newtonian physics view of reality was based on the idea that once the universe started all following events were predetermined by specific unvarying laws--the orbital path of planets, death of stars, etc.

Quantum mechanics replaces this view of reality with one that says there is a statistical probability for events rather than a predetermined one. This leads to an interesting statement by Pagels at the end of chapter 8: "Nature knows nothing of imperfection; imperfection is a human perception of nature. Inasmuch as we are part of nature we are also perfect; it is our humanity that is imperfect.

And, ironically, because of our capacity for imperfection and error we are free beings--a feedom that no stone or animal can enjoy. Without the possibility of error and real indeterminacy implied by the quantum theory, human liberty is meaningless. Pagel is able to discuss complex features of quantum mechanics through a simple approach and, even though the book is already somewhat old, the passion and the relevance of the chosen topics to approach render this book as an almost timeless effort.

As such, a book of popular science--but a queer one at that. Pagels assumes a lay audience, but one prepared, after single paragraphs of description, to thereafter carry the technical terms across the finish line [see: the use of "quant" or "quantized" in relation to other elements]. Unlike other popsci, he also favors technical description--albeit written in smooth, A stern jaunt through through the development and rudiments of the quantum world and the emergent physics seeking to explain it.

The commitment to not talking down to his audience is rather commendable, in fact, and more likely a function of his bigger intellectual project: reconciling the impossibility of visualizing quantum processes with a remit to communicate the science to non-scientists who, lacking the requisite mathematical literacy, necessarily require metaphor, universal human logics, and everyday comparisons to grasp most science in the first place.

So take that for what you will regarding all the former]. Is it an easy book to read? But the challenge is rewarding. In all, I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the field.

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His death had an enormous impact on a wide and disparate range of individuals who, each in their own way, were affected by his inquiring mind. He was also a founding member, and, at the time of his death, president of "The Reality Club. Lest this sound too lofty, this "argument" was our ongoing discussion and banter, usually characterized by humor, good-natured repartee, and ad hominem epithets that we would throw back and forth and each other. His third book had just been published.

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Where one may point to successes in such an approach, it is too soon to tell whether the ultimate efficacy of such an approach will out weigh the detrimental effects on the quality of human life. While this appeals to our experience, there is no material basis for it. Life depends only on how ordinary matter is organized. Life-force vitalists are rare today, but they have been replaced by those who believe that human consciousness has some special property that goes beyond the laws of physics. Where does one start with such a load of erroneous presuppositions?

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