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# The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

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*The Cosmic Code*can be read by anyone. I heartily recommend it!" —*The**New York Times Book Review*

"A reliable guide for the nonmathematical reader across the highest ridges of physical theory. Pagels is unfailingly lighthearted and confident." —*Scientific American*

"A sound, clear, vital work that deserves the attention of anyone who takes an interest in the relationship between m"The ...more## Get A Copy

Paperback, 384 pages

Published
March 14th 2012
by Dover Publications
(first published 1982)

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Jan 15, 2013
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Pagels' work is probably one of the best layperson introduction to both understanding and "interpreting" Quantum Mechanics. The most remarkable part of this book is the description of Bell's Inequality. Bell's Theorem forever demolishes the Einsteinian views of of local hidden variable determinism.

It is (purposely) light on the maths side (for example, I would have appreciated some detail on fundamental items such as the Wave Equation, Bohr's model of the atom, Schroedinger Equation, wave ...more

It is (purposely) light on the maths side (for example, I would have appreciated some detail on fundamental items such as the Wave Equation, Bohr's model of the atom, Schroedinger Equation, wave ...more

Pagel is able to discuss complex features of quantum mechanics through a simple approach and, even though the book is already somewhat old, the passion and the relevance of the chosen topics to approach render this book as an almost timeless effort.

For any fan of scien ...more

**A useful introduction**

The Cosmic Code (the book) provides a thorough introduction to the field of quantum physics by exploring its historical development over the course of the 20th century, key questions, experimental breakthroughs, most impactful contributing scientists, and future directions.

Is it an easy book to read? While it's supposedly written for the lay person, it does contain a lot of scientific ideas and concepts, and it's not as easy to follow as say, your typical story book, self help ...more

After reading this book, I feel accuracy of Vedanta. The world is a playing field of Shiva - Shakti.

I asked my favorite bookseller, and my prof, for a book that would give me a basic overview of quantum physics. Not the math, just the concepts facing phys ...more

Oct 21, 2007
Sammy
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teenagers with an interest in science

I read this when I was a kid and it was very influential to me.

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“Nature knows nothing of imperfection; imperfection is a human perception of nature. Inasmuch as we are part of nature we are also perfect; it is our humanity that is imperfect. And, ironically, because of our capacity for imperfection and error we are free beings—a freedom that no stone or animal can enjoy. Without the possibility of error and real indeterminacy implied by the quantum theory, human liberty is meaningless. The God that plays dice has set us free.”
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“The most important questions of life are, for the most part, really only problems of probability. —MARQUIS DE LAPLACE A”
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