by Wolfgang Smith
The End of Quantum Reality
Quietly, over the past few decades, mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountain climber Wolfgang Smith has published a stunning series of books at the cutting edge of science and metaphysics. Some titles tell the tale: Cosmos and Transcendence: Breaking Through the Barrier of Scientistic Belief; The Quantum Enigma: Finding the Hidden Key; Ancient Wisdom and Modern Misconceptions: A Critique of Contemporary Scientism; Science and Myth: With a Response to Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design; and Rediscovering the Integral Cosmos: Physics, Metaphysics, and Vertical Causality.
The present book, which appeared in an earlier version as Part I of the last-named, includes arresting new material on the metaphysics of the integral cosmos. Smith accomplishes a magnificent re-integration of the physical sciences with a worldview banished in the West since the Enlightenment yet perfectly accommodative of every legitimate discovery of science. So far from constituting a kind of academic, or nostalgic curiosity, however, that long-forgotten worldview proves to be precisely what is needed to resolve the quandary of the so-called quantum paradox, which has stymied theoretical physicists since the year 1927!
The implications of this text, which re-evaluates Einstein’s relativism as well as epistemologies falsely based on the Galilean/Cartesian notion of “secondary qualities,” restores the ontological realism of the world as we behold it, and opens hitherto inconceivable venues for scientific inquiry.
The epochal ramifications of Smith’s work will be brought to light for an expanded audience in a full-length documentary film on his life and thought, The End of Quantum Reality, scheduled for release in early 2019. “One has, in the evening of one’s life, the luxury to speak freely,” Smith writes, and as never before, so he does.
Praise for Physics and Vertical Causation
“This short but remarkably rich work of Wolfgang Smith is a tour de force, summarizing and synthesizing the seminal texts he has written over the past few decades. May this book receive the global attention it deserves.”
— SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR
“The reader of the present book can expect no less than a study that promises—like its medieval counterparts which opened up the way to present-day mathematical physics—to bear fruit for centuries to come.”
— RAPHAEL D.M. DE PAOLA
“Prof. Smith’s metaphysical reading of the cosmic icon by way of its Euclidean construction is on a par with René Guénon’s mathematico-metaphysical texts. It even surpasses these in two ways: first, by enabling us to literally see what falsifies the Einsteinian conception of ‘space-time’; and second, by empowering us to comprehend the cosmological teachings concealed in both the Old and New Testaments through the rediscovery of the cosmic trichotomy.”
— BRUNO BÉRARD
“Written lucidly and persuasively, Physics and Vertical Causation summarizes much of Smith’s previous writings in the area, and caps a lifetime’s work.”
— M. ALI LAKHANI
“Professor Smith’s latest manuscript, taken together with his earlier work, presents a traditional and ontological interpretation of physics with uncommon quality and competence.”
— ALI SEBETCI