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Book Review: The Quantum & the Lotus by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan

As you may have noticed, I've been circling back to review books I've read in the past or that I recommend often. That being said, if I had to pick one piece of literature as my favorite, well, I couldn't. But this one would definitely be in the running.

I loved absolutely every aspect of this book: the spirituality-meets-science subject matter, the dialogue format, the differing expertise of authors, all of it.

The Quantum and the Lotus allows the reader to be the "fly on the wall" during discussions between Matthieu Ricard (a microbiologist-turned-monk) and Trinh Xuan Thuan (an astrophysicist who was raised in a Buddhist home). The two discuss many subjects, including the roles that science and spirituality play in society and how they influence one another, the concept of a creator, reincarnation and cyclical universe, the wave/particle phenomenon, and more.

The pages are filled with moments of laughter, inspiration, and brain melting facts about the macro and microcosms. Most insteresting though, are the moments when the opinions of the authors surprise you, or when they are persuaded by the other in light of new evidence. They clearly display their respect and admiration for each other, as well as their delight in the conversation.

Overall, too many stars to count out of 10. Absolutely a must read!

You can learn more about Matthieu Ricard at

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