Quantum Reality and Theory of Śūnya

  • Siddheshwar Rameshwar Bhatt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Theory of Quantum Reality

  3. Concept of Śūnya

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. S. S. Rama Rao Pappu
      Pages 39-45
    3. Amalkumar Mukhopadhyay
      Pages 47-89
  4. Comparative Analysis of Nature of Quantum Reality and Theory of Śūnya

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Herbert J. Bernstein
      Pages 119-141
    3. Rajendra Prasad Bajpai
      Pages 185-198
    4. S. Rammohan
      Pages 229-239
    5. Bhakti Vijnana Muni
      Pages 249-269
    6. Jayant Burde
      Pages 335-343

About this book


The book deals with expounding the nature of Reality as it is understood in contemporary times in Quantum Physics.  It also explains the classical Indian theory of Śūnya in its diverse facets. Thereafter it undertakes comparison between the two which is an area of great topical interest.  It is a cross-disciplinary study by erudite Indian and western scholars between traditional Indian knowledge system and contemporary researches in Physical sciences.  It points out how the theory of ‘Śūnyatā has many seminal ideas and theories in common with contemporary Quantum Physics.  The learned authors have tried to dissolve the “mysteries” of Quantum Physics and resolved its “weird paradoxes” with the help of theory of Śūnyatā. The issue of non-separability or entanglement has been approached with the help of the Buddhist theory of Pratītyasamutpāda. The paradoxical situation of “wave-particle duality” has been explained with the help of Upaniṣadic theory of complementarity of the two opposites. The measurement problem represented by “Schrodinger’s cat” has been dealt with by resorting to two forms of the calculation of probabilities. Some writers have argued for Śūnyatā-like non-essentialist position to understand quantum reality. To make sense of quantum theory some papers provide a happy symbiosis of technical understanding and personal meditative experience by drawing multifarious parallels. This book will be of interest to philosophically inclined physicists and philosophers with interest in quantum mechanics. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Siddheshwar Rameshwar Bhatt
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Council of Philosophical ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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