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Abraham's DiceChance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions$
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Karl W. Giberson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277154.001.0001

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Throwing Dice? Thoughts of God in a Quantum World

Throwing Dice? Thoughts of God in a Quantum World

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(p.291) 14 Throwing Dice? Thoughts of God in a Quantum World
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Abraham's Dice
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Shaun Henson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277154.003.0014

Quantum mechanics, like other enormously successful physical theories, accurately describes how the natural world behaves. Its explanatory powers regarding the indeterminate behavior of the smallest constituents of nature have proven to be both profound and practical. Many technological devices from lasers to computer chips are based on quantum mechanics. Not surprisingly, the universe filled with microscopic random events revealed by quantum mechanics has generated wonder and interpretive bewilderment. Reactions to the unsettling revelations of quantum unpredictability have included appeals to unknown variables to preserve classical physics, and even wholesale theoretical dismissals. Far from proof of mathematical trickery or theoretical incompletion however, the now well-established and irreducible quantum randomness suggests a physical universe that is open to a future not determined by the past, and perhaps to a God that really does play dice.

Keywords:   Einstein, Bohr, Planck, randomness, quantum theory, quantum mechanics, chance, hidden variables

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