Gary Zukav’s timeless, humorous, New York Times bestselling masterpiece, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, is arguably the most widely acclaimed. The Dancing. Wu Li Masters. An Overview of the New Physics. Gary Zukav. A BANTAM NEW AGE BOOK. BANTAM BOOKS. NEW YORK • TORONTO • LONDON. The most exciting intellectual adventure I’ve been on since reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”—.

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By my comments so far I have certainly placed myself into the first group, whereas Zukav, by his own admission, belongs to the second.

I started reading it in the middle of july it is middle of october now and I could not finish reading the last 10 or so pages, the connection he was trying to establish between physics and the old wisdom became too suffocating — to which he might have said, “Nonsense is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality. I understood the concepts and the theories explained.

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We dream in gravity-defying dimensions that also take us back in time. Aug 05, Steve rated it really liked it. Kip Mxsters Black Holes and Time Warps gives a good, fairly detailed treatment of this history and puts the Finkelstein paper in its proper perspective.

It is ironic that while Bohm’s theories are received with some skepticism by most professional physicists, they would find an immediately sympathetic reception among the gar of people in our culture who have turned their backs on science in their own quest for the ultimate nature of reality. I can even think of a few friends I can gift this book This is an amazing book and amazing so, because it revitalized the science training within me!

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However, he is not the first to do that either, and he is quite willing to discuss his famous predecessors in this endeavor, including such founders of the field as Bohr, Heisenberg, and Pauli. But I was more confused than before till I realized that there is a way around to understand God through New Physics. Dancing Wu Li Masters: We are a part of nature, and when we study nature there is no way around the fact that nature is studying itself.


The new physics says l we, like the rest of nature, are made of quantum stuff, not classical stuff; but that doesn’t change in the least the relationship between the stuff that is us and the rest of the stuff in the universe.

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Zen covers a lot of the difficult philosophical underpinnings that Zukav has integrated into his book. It may be very well be true, that everyone lives in Aristotle’s metaphorical cave, seeing shadows of the essence of reality.

He deals with the unknown. But many other contemporary physicists and philosophers who hold quite different views are conspicuous by their absence, and this is a major failing of mastees book, not because any book on quantum mechanics must scrupulously include all viewpoints, but because Zukav does not pitch this book as expounding his own personal philosophy, but as simply trying to lay out for the lay person what the new physics says.

This is not “that-which-is”. A lot of the foot-notes were contributed by big physicist names and I really enjoyed them, having a physics background.

How dare reality leave us without an answer to our deep question! His humor is cloying and totally unnecessary. Physics has become a branch of psychology, or perhaps the other way round. View zuksv 21 comments. As to its language, as much as it claims to simplify itself and repeats expressions to makes the reader comprehend, it does sometimes get on one’s nerves.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav

Frustrating because, when read, you can’t help but get the endorphine, intellectual rush that demands you share the knowledge with all. But the more important point is that, whether you think of the dimension of the wave function pi or the number of degrees of freedom, it doesn’t change when the wave function collapses. Schrodinger’s revelation Are there particles Is there a di It took me a year or more to get through this!! And since string zukac is the “final” theory, it really should come last anyway.


And maybe this is just too much of me getting in the wa It was tough reading a book concerning “new” physics written over 30 years ago. These theories takes you to the limits of human intellect – be it warping space-time or now-here-now-there electrons or mattet wwu is wave or wave that is matter – and gives you an intellectual gratification when you even grasp of iota of it.

There are discussions of the parts of quantum mechanics that really are philosophically challenging–for example, Bell’s discoveries about nonlocality, which Zukav talks about towards the end of the book. Add reciprocal ACE info 1 9 Aug 28, He argues that contradictions are inherent in intellect. For example, the first major-loophole-free experiment about non-locality was performed in Working scientists, particularly those whose primary focus is running actual experiments, as a rule have little use for the relativism implicit in Zukav’s talk of “creating” new things instead of discovering them.

The deviations from the exact Newtonian predictions due to special and general relativity do not affect the inertial nature of the reference frame of any given spacecraft; they only affect the relationship between its coordinates and those of other inertial frames, such as other spacecraft. For such a mystical sounding title, Zukav really doesn’t spend that much time discussing Eastern philosophy except to point out the obvious: I should be clear though, this isn’t a book for scientists.

What we take to be true is what we believe. What we take to be true is our reality. You will find out things about physics, though there are some elementary misunderstandings and some significant omissions see the Postscript for a few of the biggest ones I spotted ; it is clear, as I mentioned above, that Zukav only talked to a rather narrow group of physicists, and so he missed things that would have become evident had he been more thorough in seeking out viewpoints.