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In this fictitious dialogue, it is clearly explained how quantum physics is deterministic and how it is indeterministic, and it is also clearly said what Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is.

©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski

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great discussion of determinism

Would you consider the audio edition of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism to be better than the print version?

it would have better, but the narrator was not good

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

when the author was explaining the relative nature of determinism; that was kind of mind-blowing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

she was slow, did not articulate the material, and it was not clear which of the two characters was talking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of state variables

Any additional comments?

it's more a discussion of general principles of physics and metaphysics than quantum, but kuczynski does beautifully and illuminatingly discuss the two really, really importance concepts, namely that of an interference effect and that of a state variable

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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a clear discussion of foundational issues

Would you consider the audio edition of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism to be better than the print version?

slightly, but the narrator wasn't very good

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the discussion of the different kinds of determinism

What didn’t you like about Judy Rounda’s performance?

it was slow and uneven. too slow

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the part where Heisenberg's uncertainty principle was being explained in lay terms

Any additional comments?

this book is for people who really want to understand foundational issues. the usual pseudo-intellectuals who read pop-physics will be turned off, since this book does not validate their palaver and glib reasoning. it was refreshingly authoritative.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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concise yet deep

If you could sum up Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism in three words, what would they be?

uncertainty properly explained

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the explanation of the quantum in terms of the macro

Which scene was your favorite?

the part where the relative nature of determinism is explained

If you could give Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism a new subtitle, what would it be?

the concept of interference

Any additional comments?

kuczynski hits the main points, doesn't get bogged down in nonsense. lesser minds will feel exposed and will likely flail and hiss. I wish i'd read this 20 years ago instead of wasting my time listening to clucks posing as savants.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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lucid, smart, good, narration iffy

What did you love best about Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the way it focused on important principles, to the exclusion of the usual pseudo-intellectual jabber that scums up most discussions of the quantum phy

What did you like best about this story?

the author's metaphors, which are really vivid

What didn’t you like about Judy Rounda’s performance?

slow, long pauses, didn't put the emphasis in the right places, couldn't tell who was talking

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the uncertainty principles

Any additional comments?

the man is smart, writes well, could writer of dialogue, which is rare; the narrator was not right for this part

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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a gem

What did you love best about Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

how vivid and well chosen the illustrations of these abstract scientific principles were

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the discussion of state variables

What about Judy Rounda’s performance did you like?

not much, but the sound quality was good, and no threat clearing or anything like that, so it was easy on the ears, even though as an actress/narrator she tanked

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

the book itself is good; the presentation, the narration, not so much

Any additional comments?

after hearing it, i bought other things by the other, which are way better

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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brilliant but narration off

Would you listen to Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism again? Why?

yes, replete with information

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the discussion of the car crash

What about Judy Rounda’s performance did you like?

very little

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

the ties that don't bind

Any additional comments?

great book, very clear, narrator not ideal

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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worth it, despite the middling narrator

What did you love best about Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the clarity and sweep

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the discussion of the guy on the date, as an illustration of interference effects

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

understood the lines she was reading, read faster

If you could give Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism a new subtitle, what would it be?

imagining the unimaginable

Any additional comments?

good book, should be re-issued with better narrator

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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a tour de force

What did you love best about Quantum Physics and Universal Determinism?

the rigor, combined with the powerful and realistic illustrations of abstract

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the vividness, almost like a novel, not (just) analysis (but plenty of that too!)

Have you listened to any of Judy Rounda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

i want to hear more from this author!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Audio

The audio was terrible... It is a shame because it seemed like an interesting topic...

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 07-31-16

Short, Self-Published Philosophy (not science)

Einstein would assuredly not love this. It misses completely all the interesting aspects of Quantum Physics that Einstein and Bohr debated. There are numerous misunderstandings about what experiments tell us about quantum reality. It basically proposes that a deterministic wave function version resolves quantum questions. Well, it kind of does, but the author does not follow the consequences of this theory. The assumption the author makes (after taking measurements on entangled particles into account) just about forces one into acceptance of Everett’s Universal Wave Function (i.e. Multi-World). The author does not get this far and seems to think the measurement problem in quantum physics is about disturbing the system. It is not, as the Einstein and Bohr discussions on entangled measurements (and Bell Test Experiments) show.

This “Unified Theory” does not unify anything. Of the three in this series I tried, this is the weakest and likely my last, as it demonstrates the author’s attraction to abstract philosophy and inattention to experimental reality (science).

This author is clearly well intentioned, but seems deluded.

The acoustics of the narration is pretty bad. It is a dialog which the two speakers are distinguishable mainly by the different (both high) levels of distortion in the audio.

6 of 32 people found this review helpful