“Starting from recent interpretations of paradoxical experiments in quantum physics–such as those on non-locality and decoherence–Michael Epperson has done a wonderful job of exploring in detail the remarkable parallels in Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophical analysis of the transition from potentiality to actuality in elementary events.” — Ian G. Barbour, author of “Religion and Science” (Gifford Lectures Series)
In Process and Reality and other works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come to terms with the impact the new science of quantum mechanics would have on metaphysics.
This ambitious book is the first extended analysis of the intricate relationships between relativity theory, quantum mechanics, and Whitehead’s cosmology. Michael Epperson illuminates the intersection of science and philosophy in Whitehead’s work and details Whitehead’s attempts to fashion an ontology coherent with quantum anomalies.
Including a nonspecialist introduction to quantum mechanics, Epperson adds an essential new dimension to our understanding of Whitehead-and of the constantly enriching encounter between science and philosophy in our century.
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