By Michael Epperson
In Process and Reality and different works, Alfred North Whitehead struggled to come back to phrases with the impression the hot technological know-how of quantum mechanics could have on his metaphysics. This formidable e-book is the 1st prolonged research of the elaborate relationships among quantum mechanics and Whitehead's philosophical cosmology.
Moving systematically--concept by means of idea, section via phase--Michael Epperson illuminates the intersection of technological know-how and philosophy in Whitehead's paintings, and info Whitehead's try and type an ontology in a position to coherently accommodating the present and destiny trajectory of contemporary physics.
But going a long way past this exploration, Epperson additionally makes vital new contributions to the conceptualization of Whitehead's idea of quantum occasions ('actual occasions'), addressing the massive recognition paid via philosophers and different students to Nature's essentially quantum personality as defined by way of glossy physics.
"Quantum mechanics is without doubt one of the empirically most sensible proven actual theories ever. additionally, it's been and nonetheless is a crucial software in making plans and comparing new experiments in lots of parts of physics and an quintessential software for the improvement of recent applied sciences. even though, regardless of its super extensive and profitable variety of software, a few vital questions relating its right interpretation are nonetheless no longer settled. during this context some of the most very important questions is obviously to which ontology quantum mechanics supplies upward thrust, i.e., of what varieties of basic entities the realm most likely is composed (e.g. debris, fields, occasions, procedures, 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 specific (and absolutely, the most tough) metaphysical theories of the 20 th century--Whitehead's philosophy of process--contributes to the continuing debate in regards to the right ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics. hence, the publication is very steered to anyone engaged on or being heavily attracted to the ontology of quantum physics. in addition, it's a "must learn" for college students of Whitehead's philosophy, because it will deepen their figuring out of Whitehead's rather summary scheme, to determine quantum mechanics as a particular exemplification of a few of the relevant constructions of the philosophy of process."
Frank Hättich - Studies in background and Philosophy of recent Physics
Including a nonspecialist creation to quantum mechanics, Epperson provides a necessary new measurement to our figuring out of the structure and which means of Whitehead's metaphysics--and of the continually enriching come upon among technology and philosophy in our century.