By Michael Epperson
In Process and Reality and different works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come back to phrases with the influence the hot technology of quantum mechanics might have on his metaphysics. This bold booklet is the 1st prolonged research of the complex relationships among quantum mechanics and Whitehead's philosophical cosmology.
Moving systematically--concept through notion, section by means of phase--Michael Epperson illuminates the intersection of technology and philosophy in Whitehead's paintings, and info Whitehead's try to model an ontology able to coherently accommodating the present and destiny trajectory of contemporary physics.
But going a ways past this exploration, Epperson additionally makes very important new contributions to the conceptualization of Whitehead's thought of quantum occasions ('actual occasions'), addressing the enormous cognizance paid by way of philosophers and different students to Nature's essentially quantum personality as defined via sleek physics.
"Quantum mechanics is without doubt one of the empirically top proven actual theories ever. additionally, it's been and nonetheless is a vital software in making plans and comparing new experiments in lots of parts of physics and an critical software for the improvement of latest applied sciences. in spite of the fact that, regardless of its super vast and winning variety of program, a few very important questions referring to its right interpretation are nonetheless now not settled. during this context probably the most very important questions is obviously to which ontology quantum mechanics supplies upward thrust, i.e., of what types of primary entities the area most likely is composed (e.g. debris, fields, occasions, methods, spacetime regions/points, etc.), if one assumes that quantum mechanics is telling us a real tale concerning the world.
"Epperson has performed an excellent activity in exhibiting what some of the most unique (and definitely, essentially the most tricky) metaphysical theories of the 20 th century--Whitehead's philosophy of process--contributes to the continued debate in regards to the right ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics. for that reason, the e-book is very advised to anyone engaged on or being heavily attracted to the ontology of quantum physics. in addition, it's a "must learn" for college kids of Whitehead's philosophy, because it will deepen their figuring out of Whitehead's particularly summary scheme, to work out quantum mechanics as a particular exemplification of a few of the significant constructions of the philosophy of process."
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Including a nonspecialist advent to quantum mechanics, Epperson provides an important new size to our knowing of the structure and which means of Whitehead's metaphysics--and of the consistently enriching stumble upon among technological know-how and philosophy in our century.
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