Everyday Quantum Reality

Everyday Quantum Reality

David A. Grandy
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Format: Paperback 8 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22242-8
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Most people have heard about quantum physics and its remarkable, well-nigh bizarre claims. And most people would assume that quantum reality describes a world quite different from ours. In this book, David A. Grandy shows that one can find quantum puzzles, or variations thereof, in the backyard of everyday experience. What disappears in transferring quantum theory to the everyday is the theory's mathematical formalism, but that need not imply a loss of analytic rigor. If quantum reality is truly as elemental and ubiquitous as many thinkers suggest, then alternative or complementary perspectives ought to be possible, and with the proliferation of such perspectives, a more fully rounded understanding of quantum reality—and everyday reality—might emerge. Everyday Quantum Reality is a step in that direction.

Author Bio

David A. Grandy is Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University and author of The Speed of Light (IUP, 2009); Leo Szilard: Science as a Mode of Being; and (with Dan Burton) Magic, Mystery, and Science (IUP, 2004).


“Far from being completely counterintuitive and beyond our experience, the findings of quantum physics have many analogs in everyday life, which we have simply not seen because of the grip of the classical worldview on our thinking. . . . Everyday Quantum Reality makes an important and original argument.”
 — Alexander Wendt, author of Social Theory of International Politics

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Table of Contents


1. Quantum Uncertainty
2. Wave-Particle Duality
3. Two Everyday Analogues
4. The Double-Slit Experiment
5. Double-Slit Analogues
6. Everyday Superposition
7. The Witness of Music
8. Everyday Relationality
9. Observer-Created Reality
10. Wide-Open Reality
11. Nonlocality
12. Quantum Play, Quantum Sorrow


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