Synchronicity: The Epic Quest to Understand the Quantum Nature of Cause and Effect

October 31, 2020
Synchronicity: The Epic Quest to Understand the Quantum Nature of Cause and Effect

From Aristotle's Physics to quantum teleportation, learn aboutthe scientific pursuit of instantaneous connections in thisinsightful examination of our world.For millennia, scientists have puzzled over a simple question:Does the universe have a speed limit? If not, some effects couldhappen at the same instant as the actions that caused them — andsome effects, ludicrously, might even happen before their causes.By one hundred years ago, it seemed clear that the speed of lightwas the fastest possible speed. Causality was safe. And thenquantum mechanics happened, introducing spooky connections thatseemed to circumvent the law of cause and effect. Inspired by thenew physics, psychologist Carl Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauliexplored a concept called synchronicity, a weird phenomenon theythought could link events without causes. Synchronicity tells thatsprawling tale of insight and creativity, and asks where theseideas — some plain crazy, and others crazy powerful — are takingthe human story next.