THE QUANTUM ENIGMA Finding the Hidden Key


THE QUANTUM ENIGMA Finding the Hidden Key

THE QUANTUM ENIGMA Finding the Hidden Key Wolfgang Smith

Following the overthrow of the classical world picture by the findings of quantum mechanics, physicists have proposed a broad gamut of alternative world views. This book begins with the major recognition that each of these suffers from a certain ‘residual Cartesianism’ that has been smuggled in unconsciously. It turns out that the moment one discards this hidden and problematic premise, quantum theory begins to ‘make sense’ in a way that it never has before. As the author shows, it is now possible, for the first time, to integrate the findings of quantum physics into a world view that is neither forced nor ad hoc, but conforms to the permanent intuitions of mankind. It is to discover the authentic worldview to which quantum mechanics points and that can make possible an intelligible understanding of it that Prof. Smith set out to write this book. Surprisingly, this treatise can he read not only by scientists, but also by readers unacquainted with the technical conceptions of physics or the quantum-reality literature. *** “Wolfgang Smith is as important a thinker as our times boast, and this is his most seminal book.” —Huston Smith *** “The Quantum Enigma is of great importance not only for the philosophy of science, but also for the whole domain of human knowledge, and should be disseminated as widely as possible.” —Seyyed Hossein Nasr
“Unusually interesting…profoundly enlightening.” —Henry Margenau


Wolfgang Smith

Wolfgang Smith (b. 1930) was born in Vienna. He graduated from Cornell University at age of eighteen with majors in physics, philosophy, and mathematics. After taking an M. S. in physics from Purdue University, he pursued research in aerodynamics, where his papers on diffusion fields have provided the theoretical key to the solution of the re-entry problem for space flight. After receiving a Ph. D. in mathematics from Columbia University, Dr. Smith held faculty positions at M.I.T, U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University, where he has served as Professor of Mathematics until his retirement.

From the start, Wolfgang Smith has been many-sided in his intellectual interests. He has pursued research and published extensively in the areas of partial differential equations, Lorentz geometry, relativistic cosmology, differential forms, foliations and other topics in algebraic and differential topology. Apart from his scientific pursuits, he started early to cultivate a special interest in Platonism and oriental metaphysics and later took up serious studies in the field of Christian theology. In recent years, he has published a number of articles dealing with various facets of scientific belief from a traditional metaphysical point of view in addition to his four books Cosmos and TranscendenceTeilhardism and the New ReligionThe Quantum Enigma and The Wisdom of Ancient Cosmology. He has been especially concerned to unmask conceptions of a scientistic kind widely accepted today as scientific truths.


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