Physics and Whitehead: Quantum, Process, and Experience

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Timothy E. Eastman, Hank Keeton
SUNY Press, 2004 M01 1 - 322 páginas
Featuring discussions and dialogue by prominent scientists and philosophers, this book explores the rich interface of contemporary physics and Whitehead-inspired process thought. The contributors share the conviction that quantum physics not only corroborates many of Whitehead s philosophical theses, but is also illuminated by them. Thus, though differing in perspective or emphasis, the contributions by Geoffrey Chew, David Finkelstein, Henry Stapp and other scientists conceptually dovetail with those of Philip Clayton, Jorge Nobo, Yutaka Tanaka and other process philosophers.
 

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Introduction to Process Thought
3
Duality without Dualism
14
Whitehead as Mathematical Physicist
31
Evidence for Process in the Physical World
47
Dialogue for Part I
57
Order and Emergence
61
Constraints on the Origin of Coherence in FarfromEquilibrium Chemical Systems
63
Whiteheads Philosophy and the Collapse of Quantum States
74
The Individuality of a Quantum Event Whiteheads Epochal Theory of Time and Bohrs Framework of Complementarity
164
Physical Process and Physical Law
180
Dialogue for Part III
187
Metaphysics
197
Whiteheads Process Philosophy as Scientific Metaphysics
199
Whitehead and the Quantum Experience
223
Dialogue for Part IV
258
Glossary
275

A Historical Reality That Includes Big Bang Free Will and Elementary Particles
84
Whiteheadian Process and Quantum Theory
92
Dialogue for Part II
103
Fundamental Processes
127
The Primacy of Asymmetry over Symmetry in Physics
129
Spacetime and Becoming Overcoming the Contradiction Between Special Relativity and the Passage of Time
136
Bibliography
287
Contributors
299
Note on Supporting Center
303
Index
305
SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought
321
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Timothy E. Eastman is Group Manager for Space Science at NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center and a consultant in plasma science and technology.

Hank Keeton is President of Keeton Construction Corporation and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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