The Quantum Enigma

Finding the Hidden Key

Wolfgang Smith

San Rafael, CA: Sophia Perennis, 2005.
172 pages
ISBN: 1-59731-007-7
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Following the overthrow of the classical world picture by the findings of quantum mechanics, physicists have proposed a broad gamut of alternative world views. This book begins with the major recognition that each of these suffers from a certain ‘residual Cartesianism’ that has been smuggled in unconsciously. It turns out that the moment one discards this hidden and problematic premise, quantum theory begins to ‘make sense’ in a way that it never has before. As the author shows, it is now possible for the first time to integrate the findings of quantum physics into a world view that is neither forced nor ad hoc, but conforms to the permanent intuitions of mankind. This treatise can be read not only by scientists, but also by readers unacquainted with the technical conceptions of physics or the quantum-reality literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword—Preface to Third Edition—Preface to First Edition—Rediscovering the Corporeal World—What is the Physical Universe?—Microworld and Indeterminacy—Materia Quantitate Signata—On Whether 'God Plays Dice'—Vertical Causality—Appendix: Quantum Theory, A Brief Introduction


Wolfgang Smith is as important a thinker as our times boast, and this is his most seminal book.
Huston Smith

The Quantum Enigma is of great importance not only for the philosophy of science, but also for the whole domain of human knowledge, and should be disseminated as widely as possible.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

About the Author

Wolfgang Smith ranks today as one of the foremost exponents of what many have called the sophia perennis, the traditional and timeless wisdom of mankind. After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia he taught at various universities, including M.I.T. and U.C.L.A. Since his retirement from academic life he has authored several books and numerous articles relating to the critique and interpretation of science from a metaphysical point of vantage. Sophia Perennis has also published his Cosmos and Transcendence: Breaking Through the Barrier of Scientistic Belief.