The Science of the Craft – William Keith

The Science of the Craft: Modern Realities in the Ancient Art of Witchcraft
William Keith
Citadel, 2005
256 pages

In recent years there have been a number of books using quantum physics to explain the way magic works. Of all of the ones I’ve read, this one lays it out most plainly and simply–but it’s got some serious material!

The writing is conversational, and communicates the ideas effectively. Keith shows us how quantum physics works, with highlights on key experiments from the Renaissance onward that build up to our present understanding. These are then woven into magical practice, explaining just what it is that makes magic work on a quantum level.

My only question is why he didn’t refer to Chaos magic more, particularly Peter J. Carroll’s “Liber Kaos”. While he does discuss Chaos magic, it doesn’t seem like he quite gets what it is. “Liber Kaos” probably would have made that a different section, but this is a small complaint overall.

I highly recommend this book to any pagan, magician or other magic worker, especially if you’re more of a right brained person who finds hard science a little puzzling.

Five pawprints out of five.

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