The Roots of Coincidence

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The Roots of Coincidence
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First UK edition (1972, Hutchinson)
Author Arthur Koestler
Subject Parapsychology
Published 1972
Media type Print

The Roots of Coincidence is a 1972 book by Arthur Koestler, an introduction to theories of parapsychology, including extra-sensory perception and psychokinesis. Koestler postulates links between elements of quantum mechanics, such as the behaviour of neutrinos and their interaction with time, and these paranormal phenomena. It is influenced by Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity.[citation needed]

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In Volume 7 of Alan Moore-David Lloyd's V for Vendetta, Inspector Finch is seen reading The Roots of Coincidence. Koestler is referenced several times in the work, and in the movie novelization by Steve Moore. Koestler's ideas would also make their way into the Dr. Manhattan issues of Moore's and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen.[citation needed]

The musician Sting was an avid reader of Koestler. Sting named The Police's final studio album Synchronicity as a reference to The Roots of Coincidence. Sting had named The Police's previous album, Ghost in the Machine, after another of Koestler's books.[citation needed]

"The Roots of Coincidence" is also the name of a Grammy Award-winning song by Pat Metheny Group, featured on their 1997 album Imaginary Day.[citation needed]

In the 2007 novel Hässelby by Johan Harstad, the main character is strongly influenced by this work and make numerous references to it throughout the book.[citation needed]

The youth fiction book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett references this work in chapter 14.[citation needed]

It also featured in Episode 4 (Entangled) of Series X of Red Dwarf, to explain the cause of apparent coincidences.

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