The Cosmic Code has ratings and 26 reviews. WarpDrive said: Pagels’ work is probably one of the best layperson introduction to both understanding and. PDF | On Jan 1, , H. R. Pagels and others published The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature. A READER’S TREASURY. The Cosmic Code by. Heinz R. Pagels Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature Published by Simon & Schuster/NY in

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I have found that reading older texts sometimes helps the layman or beginner understand highly abstract and difficult concepts in science, notably relativity and quantum mechanics.

Thoughtful and balanced book suited for readers who enjoy a fine blend of philosophy, quantum physics without getting into the nitty gritty details of mathematics- although that will certainly be useful if one is looking to read at a more in-depth level. Oct 21, Sammy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Anyway, it left me with a love of the psgels and a deep respect pagelx the science.

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The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

The Special and General Theory. Pagels is unfailingly lighthearted and confident.


A good book for understanding quantum physics, but a little dated by standards. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

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It was effortless and a joy to read.

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Twenty Experiments that Changed our View of the World. However, be aware that his main intent is to provide historical context of Relativity.

See all 52 reviews. This is often very difficult to describe, but Pagels did it brilliantly. A New Approach to Einstein. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

This book explains things for the layman better than most although the book was written 27 years ago and some of his information is obviously out of date.

Heinz Pagels, an eminent physicist and science writer, discusses and explains the core concepts of physics without resorting to complicated mathematics. As for me, Pagels did a superb job in explaining quite a number of QM related concepts, such as randomness and probability distributions, the Bell’s inequality, the Schroedinger’s cat analogy and why the second law of thermodynamics cannot in fact be obtained from just the laws of motion of all the individual particles, as well as why infinities are obtained for the mass of the electron.


The Newtonian physics view of reality was based on the idea that once the universe started all following events were predetermined by specific unvarying laws–the orbital path of planets, death of stars, etc. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

The lack of any new ideas or perspectives and the uneven writing led me to drop the book halfway through. A classic in its category. Classic Papers from Riemann to Einstein. It is purposely light on the maths side for example, I would have appreciated some detail on fundamental items such as the Wave Equation, Bohr’s model of the atom, Schroedinger Equation, wave phase invariance etc.

The author also explores beautifully the deep philosophical implications of our current understanding of the quantum world, without resorting to cheap mysticism. At first, I didn’t want to read it because it was published in and I thought it must be hopelessly outdated.