© 2004

Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics


  • Significantly expanded with two new chapters covering Henry Stapp's most recent work


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 3-37
    3. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 39-47
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 51-80
    3. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 81-118
    4. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 147-174
  4. Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 177-185
    3. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 187-198
    4. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 209-219
    5. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 221-228
  5. New Developments and Future Visions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
  6. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Henry P. Stapp
      Pages 275-277

About this book


"Scientists other than quantum physicists often fail to comprehend the enormity of the conceptual change wrought by quantum theory in our basic conception of the nature of matter," writes Henry Stapp. Stapp is a leading quantum physicist who has given particularly careful thought to the implications of the theory that lies at the heart of modern physics. In this book, which contains several of his key papers as well as new material, he focuses on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms. The book is divided into four sections. The first consists of an extended introduction. Key foundational and somewhat more technical papers are included in the second part, together with a clear exposition of the "orthodox" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The third part addresses, in a non-technical fashion, the implications of the theory for some of the most profound questions that mankind has contemplated: How does the world come to be just what it is and not something else? How should humans view themselves in a quantum universe? What will be the impact on society of the revised scientific image of the nature of man? The final part contains a mathematical appendix for the specialist and a glossary of important terms and ideas for the interested layman. This new edition has been updated and extended to address recent debates about consciousness.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics
  • Authors Henry P. Stapp
  • Series Title The Frontiers Collection
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-40761-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-05371-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-05369-0
  • Series ISSN 1612-3018
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIII, 297
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quantum Physics
    Philosophy, general
    Popular Science, general
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From the reviews of the second edition:

"The author develops new chapters on many findings of recent research on the mind-body problem as well as their extrapolation to new and difficult technical and social areas. The book is highly recommended to physicists, mathematicians, social scientists, and intelligent general readers." (Albert A. Mullin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1087, 2006)