Quantum Mechanics and Some Hindu Perspectives

Authored by: Varadaraja V. Raman

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178


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Quantum mechanics is a creation of twentieth-century physics. It is also a culmination of more than three centuries of modern science, based on a methodology and framework that differs from ancient efforts at grasping the complexity of the phenomenal world. Its findings are therefore quite different from those of earlier sciences. Given this, one may wonder how one can talk about quantum mechanics from any traditional religious perspective. Indeed, one cannot, and perhaps one ought not to, if one is dealing with the formulas and findings of atomic and sub-atomic physics. Attempts to show that theories of the wave–particle duality, the electron-spin, or the quark model are implicit in ancient writings are likely to be plain wrong, and simply cannot be taken seriously by anyone practicing technical physics.

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