Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Review: 'The Layman's Guide to Quantum Reality' by J.D. Lovil

American author JD Lovil (to quote his bio on another site) `was born in the small Town (population 795) of Lockesburg in the southwestern Arkansas, in the year of 1957. That was the year of the first canine cosmonaut. Enjoying early life as Farm Hand, Assistant or Slave, he learned just enough about hand labor, mechanics, metalwork, plumbing and electrical work to be dangerous, and far more than he ever wanted to know about many other unpleasant tasks. Enduring the slings and arrows that is childhood, he eventually entered into University life, where he dabbled in biology, Physics and Computer Science before settling on a major in Chemistry. Surviving many fine adventures over the years, and after having been rumored to be an agent for the Arcturian anti-movement movement, the Author has settled into the Phoenix Metro Area in Arizona, where he hopes to avoid life's complications.' All of that explains Lovil's choices of subject matter for his novels, strange and his obvious keen sense of humor, strong feelings about important issues such as gun control, the intelligent approach to finance, the Libertarian approach to politics, alien visitors, a writer’s plan, happiness, weight loss, income streams and now he pauses to teach us about quantum theory! And in his unique manner of writing he states, ‘The science of Quantum Theory was the result of many bright scientists working diligently to understand the basic laws of the universe. They did all the hard work. I just found a few humorous ways to take credit for all their hard work.

And so we are off on a stream of information about science, what we should know, and a tongue in cheek method of applying that theory to life! As usual JD gels his message in his always lucid introductions: ‘We live in a Quantum world. It may seem to be a Newtonian universe, but we live in a universe quantized from the smallest particles to the largest masses. The more of the universe considered in an event, the more governed the event is by a statistical smearing of the mass of particles that comprise the event. Let us examine just two properties of the particles for the moment. When we hit the particle with a photon, the particle changes by absorbing the precise amount of energy to change its state, and instantaneously change the state of the particle. The particle transitions by position and momentum is described by one of the possible solutions to the particle's quantum state. A quantum world is a world filled with wonders. It is the world where one can find all possible outcomes of every event. It is the world where teleportation is real. It is the world that seems to be governed by what we see as Observers. We will give you access to a good grounding on the properties of a quantum world, and bring to light a few questions to answer for additional insight into our reality. We will divide this book into three parts. The first part will be about the science. We will discuss the what as in 'what happens.' The second part will be about the philosophy. It will cover the whys of the properties of reality. The last section will cover the possible uses the Reader can make of the information in the first two sections. I promise that I will not throw a lot of math at you. I will discuss the math, but I will be describing it, not making you do calculations. Strap yourself into your crash couches. We are about to take a fascinating journey.’

What follows is a sound introduction to the history of the science, philosophy and personal applications of the quantum theory. The pleasure comes in discovering while learning about quantum theory we are being entertained by a man with a solid wit and a mastery of whimsy. While he discusses the theory of relativity, parallel universes, multiverse, the Vacuum and the Plenum, and inserting little tidbits as ‘Science is all about the data. Scientists investigate events and collect data, and then they create a theory which fits the data they have accumulated. One datum that does not fit the theory will refute the theory. Philosophy is just as exacting, but it is a little different in the orientation of analysis…’ Science is about facts. Philosophy is about meaning. Science uses the scientific method to accumulate data and create the indicated theory. Philosophy uses logical argument and accepted assumptions about why things work, and how to fit them into our comprehension and how to use them in our daily lives.’

But enough preview: JD’s book is pure entertainment as well as a fine learning experience and to share more would be providing spoilers. Highly Recommended for all readers. Grady Harp, October 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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