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Jack Sarfatti (born September 14, 1939) is an American theoretical physicist. Working largely outside academia, Sarfatti specializes in the idea that there is a relationship between quantum physics and consciousness.Kaiser, David. How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival. W W Norton & Co Inc, 2011, pp. 65, 80. He argues that mind may be crucial to the structure of matter, that retrocausality may be possible, and that physics—which he calls the "Conceptual Art of the late 20th Century"—has replaced philosophy as the unifying force between science and art.For his work on consciousness, see Kane, Robert. The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 110.

  • For mind and matter, see Talbot, Michael. Mysticism and the New Physics. Penguin, 1993 (first published 1981), pp. 2, 65; and Kaiser 2011, p. 65.
  • For cause and effect, and "Conceptual Art," see Burns, Alex. , 21C magazine, 1996.
  • For physics replacing philosophy, see , p. 1.

Sarfatti was part of an informal group of physicists in California known as the Fundamental Fysiks Group, who in the 1970s, according to David Kaiser, a physicist and historian of science at MIT, helped to nurture some of the alternative ideas in quantum physics that today form the basis of quantum information science.Kaiser, David. , WGBH PBS, April 28, 2010, from 04:00 mins, particularly from 11:00 mins.

  • Also see Kaiser 2011, p. xxiiiff.
  • For a synopsis, see Kaiser, David. , MIT, accessed April 27, 2011.

He was co-author, along with physicist Fred Alan Wolf, of Bob Toben's Space-Time and Beyond (1975), and has self-published three of his own books, Space-Time And Beyond II (2002), Destiny Matrix (2002), and Super Cosmos (2005).For Sarfatti co-writing Toben's book, see , from 23:22 mins.



Sarfatti was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Hyman and Millie Sarfatti.For his father, see , Association of Alumni and Alumnae of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976, p. 1.

  • For his mother, see Sarfatti, Jack. Destiny Matrix. AuthorHouse, 2002, p. 93. He attended Midwood High School in Flatbush, Brooklyn, graduating in 1956.Burns, Alex. , 21C magazine, 1996. In 1960 he obtained his B.A. in physics from Cornell University, and in 1963 published his first paper, "Quantum-Mechanical Correlation Theory of Electromagnetic Fields," in Nuovo Cimento, the journal of the Italian Physical Society. He obtained his M.S. in physics in 1967 from the University of California, San Diego, and his Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of California, Riverside—where he studied under Fred Cummings—for a thesis entitled "Gauge Invariance in the Theory of Superfluidity."For the M.S., see , p. 5.
  • For the Ph.D., see Sarfatt[i], Jack. , The Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System, accessed April 25, 2011. He and Cummings co-wrote a paper, "Beyond the Hartree-Fock Theory in Superfluid Helium," published in Physica Scripta in 1970.

Academic career

He worked from 1967 to 1971 as assistant professor of physics at San Diego State University, and in 1971–1972 held a research fellowship at Birkbeck College, London, where he worked with David Bohm. He also studied at the Cornell Space Science Centre, the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, and the Max Planck Institute in Munich. In 1973–1974 he conducted research into mini black holes at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, after which he left academia.For a paper he wrote in Trieste, see Sarfatti, Jack. , Foundations of Physics, Vol 5, No. 2, 1975.

  • For his work on mini black holes, see , New Scientist, October 18, 1973.
  • For his having left academia, see Carter, Lloyd G. , Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 19, 1980.
  • Also see , Reading Eagle, January 27, 1980.
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