Michael Talbot's books on the new physics, science, faith and the implications of holography

I've been posting some of the most helpful books I relied on as background for  my speculative thriller, THE GRAIL CONSPIRACIES.

Three are by the late Michael Talbot, who, sadly, died at not quite age 40.  This from his bio page on his Amazon author's page:

Michael Coleman Talbot (September 29, 1953 – May 27, 1992) was an American author of several books highlighting parallels between ancient mysticism and quantum mechanics, and espousing a theoretical model of reality that suggests the physical universe is akin to a giant hologram. According to Talbot ESP, telepathy, and other paranormal phenomena are real and are a product of his holographic model of reality.

His books that I used:

MYSTICISM AND THE NEW PHYSICS.  (I used the British edition, Rutledge and Keegan Paul, 1981.)

BEYOND THE QUANTUM: How the secrets  of the new physics are bridging the chasm between science and faith.  (c) 1987, Bantam in the US.

THE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE.  (c) 1992. New paperback version published in 2011.  This also touches on Karl Pribam's application of holography in his holographic theory of the mind.

Link to Amazon's overview page of Michael Talbot's books


"Ultimate guide to the multiverse"

As parallel worlds, quantum physics, and the many-worlds theory play a role in my scientific thriller, THE GRAIL CONSPIRACIES, I thought you might find an article from Britain's New Scientist magazine of interest. 

I won't attempt to summarize it, rather just to intrigue you by some random bits drawn from it:

  • "...our most successful theories lead to the inescapable conclusion that our universe is just a speck in a vast sea of universes."
  • "The multiverse is not some kind of optional thing, like you can supersize or not. [Rather] "... it's there and we need to deal with it."
  • ". . . quantum mechanics implies that our universe is a single snowflake in a blizzard of parallel universes."
  • "How real are these parallel universes? As real as dinosaurs, says David Deutsch, a quantum physicist at the University of Oxford. " ' We've only ever seen fossils, and dinosaurs are the only rational explanation for them,' he says. 'Many worlds is the only rational explanation for the quantum phenomena we see. I think this is as good as dinosaurs.' "

There's plenty more, including one of the best brief distinctions I've seen describing the differences between the Bohr interpretation and that of Everett's many-worlds theory.

If it is no longer available on-line, you can find it at  issue 2840 of New Scientist magazine, page 42-47.