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Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists

Wilber, Ken (Ed.)

 The dual themes of this anthology of selected writings are the reasons that compelled the authors of the material selected (all physicists) to believe that mysticism and physics do not share similar world views and "the very compelling reasons that they nevertheless all became mystics" (p. ix). The editor is interested in how they got their mysticism if not from physics¯and why. In his view, it was by "a sustained use of the critical intellect that these greatest of physicists felt absolutely compelled to go beyond physics altogether" (p. x). After a chapter-length introduction by Wilber, the rest of the book consists of the selected writings of de Broglie, Eddington, Einstein, Heisenberg, Jeans, Paul, Planck, and Schroedinger. The import of their writings, again in the words of Wilber, is that physics is "compatible with a larger or mystical world view not confirming, not proving, but simply not contradicting" (p. 26).
Publisher Information:Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1984. 209p. 2 figs; 20 refs
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