Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? With its unique combination of depth, clarity, and humor that has enchanted millions, this beloved classic by bestselling author Gary Zukav opens the fascinating world of quantum physics to readers with no mathematical or technical background. It means "patterns of organic energy," but it also means "nonsense," "my way," "I clutch my ideas," and "enlightenment.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Gary Zukav has written "the Bible" for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background.
Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav writes in beautifully clear language—with no mathematical equations—opening our minds to the exciting new theories Gary Zukav has written "the Bible" for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background.
Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav writes in beautifully clear language—with no mathematical equations—opening our minds to the exciting new theories that are beginning to embrace the ultimate nature of our universe Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect and Bell's theorem. At an Esalen Institute meeting in , tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, "patterns of organic energy.
Zukav explains the concept further: The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.
The "new physics" of Zukav's book comprises quantum theory, particle physics, and relativity. Even as these theories age they haven't percolated all that far into the collective consciousness; they're too far removed from mundane human experience not to need introduction.
The Dancing Wu Li Masters remains an engaging, accessible way to meet the most profound and mind-altering insights of 20th-century science. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Perennial Classics first published March More Details Original Title. National Book Award for Science Paperback Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dancing Wu Li Masters , please sign up.
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Shelves: spiritual , pop-science , myth-religion. The happiest thought I take out of this book is the fact that science is no longer taking a direction opposite to that of religion, philosophy or spirituality - all the noblest endeavors of mankind were fundamentally tied together after all.
It was just that we, with our obsessive propensity to classify and divide had made the artificial boundaries.
The only complaint about the book is the fact that it goes into needless depth about the fundamentals of classical physics and then skims over the "n The happiest thought I take out of this book is the fact that science is no longer taking a direction opposite to that of religion, philosophy or spirituality - all the noblest endeavors of mankind were fundamentally tied together after all.
The only complaint about the book is the fact that it goes into needless depth about the fundamentals of classical physics and then skims over the "new physics" to an extent. Also, Zukav seems to feel that repeating an idea or concept three times is the best way to convey it to the lay person. Except for these peeves, it was magnificent to look at Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg etc not as scientists discussing theories and experiments but as philosophers arguing over the nature of reality and mysticism.
The reader has to keep in mind that this is by no means a very up to date book and Einstein and his contemporaries star in the narrative more than CERN or Hadrons or Higgs. But this does not take away the fact that the new theories, though radically departed from what was "new physics" at the time of publishing of this book, still corroborates his base arguments. That too in even more weirder and psychedelic ways. The more I read in the realm of new physics, the more I am convinced that all truly fundamental scientific theories tend to follow a life cycle - rejection, ridicule, incredulity, acceptance, dogmatism, degeneration, overthrowal, and finally resurrection.
This is the case with all true ideas - so it might be with our vedic and oriental philosophies too. The physics classes and laboratories of this century might have meditation lessons and yogic experiments Science might finally grow up enough to explain to lay people what only mystics and yogis could experience - we might finally evolve the language and the concepts to explain and understand the structure of the universe without experiencing it - we might know nirvana without feeling it.
Is that an uplifting or depressing thought, I am not sure. View all 21 comments. Jun 15, Manny rated it it was ok Shelves: science. Apparently, there used to a be an approach to quantum mechanics called S-matrix theory, which was popular among left-leaning physicists in the early 70s. Woit refers to "The People's Republic of Berkeley". It was something to do with "abolition of the aristocracy of particles", which I must say I didn't completely get, but you can see how this might appeal.
As I understand it, the basic idea was not to talk about possibly intangible interactions between particles like quarks, whose existence is hard to demonstrate directly, but only about the objectively measurable scattering matrix. Anyway, according to Woit, S-matrix theory never quite worked, and when quantum chromodynamics and the Standard Model came in, around , it pretty much disappeared.
But Capra, in The Tao of Physics , still clung to the S-matrix ideas, and every time the book was reprinted he would add forewords and afterwords that were more and more out of touch with reality, claiming that history had shown that the S-matrix approach was the one true way, when in fact QCD had knocked it out of the park.
Then Zukav followed Capra, and wrote this book. Woit, evidently tearing his hair out, says that both books are still selling well, and that, although S-matrix theory is now completely discredited, it embarrassingly lives on as "nutty New Age philosophy".
I read Zukav's book in the early 80s, and I wasn't that impressed, though I had no idea that it was this much at odds with mainstream physics. I thought he was just presenting mainstream ideas in a poetic way. A frightening story about how careful you need to be with popular science texts. View all 5 comments. This book was first published in , much has transpired since then, so it is dated.
In layman's terms, the author compares Eastern beliefs, psychology, and quantums physics. Interesting book, but I wasn't as 'wowed' by it as some were. In fact, it is possible that scientists, poets, painters, and writers are all members of the same family of people whose gift it is by nature to take those things This book was first published in , much has transpired since then, so it is dated. In fact, it is possible that scientists, poets, painters, and writers are all members of the same family of people whose gift it is by nature to take those things which we call commonplace and to re-present them to us in such ways that our self-imposed limitations are expanded.
Those people in whom this gift is especially pronounced, we call geniuses. Feb 03, Lane Wilkinson rated it did not like it. I can't even dignify this book with an inclusion on my 'science' bookshelf. Surely, the most dangerous rhetoric is that which sounds plausible. Unfortunately, I worry that too many who read this bestseller were irrevocably taken with an esoteric, transcendental, and ultimately fallacious interpretation of contemporary science.
Mar 20, Robert rated it liked it. This is a book that lightly, and perhaps appropriately, suggests a connection between eastern religions and the developments in 20th century physics, notably Einstein's theories of relativity, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, and the collective effort, from Max Planck through Einstein to Nils Bohr and many others, to develop quantum theory, quantum mechanics and other dimensions of "quantum" reality.
The fundamental issue is that logic breaks down in the quantum world. This is explained well. Quantum reality deals in probabilities, not certainties, and phenomena that could be waves or could be quanta or particles, depending on when they are measured.
There is a huge quotient of the subjective in quantum thinking, which is to say that the observer alters that which is observed, and that which is observed has a somewhat uncanny similarity to the lightning fast disjunctures that characterize the human mind. We think about one thing, then another. We flash from mood to mood. We imagine impossible things.
We dream in gravity-defying dimensions that also take us back in time. The eastern religions enter the picture describing everything that we take note of as illusion Sometimes books like this one capture us because we think they will be fairly easy primers, sexed up with lots of provocative speculation. This isn't that kind of book. Its dry and demanding in places, necessarily so. When it was written, string theory wasn't around.
Dancing Wu Li Masters
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Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)
The Dancing Wu Li Masters is a book by Gary Zukav , a popular science work exploring modern physics, and quantum phenomena in particular. It was awarded a U. National Book Award in category of Science. This becomes somewhat of a pun as there are many other Chinese characters that could be rendered as "wu li" in atonal pinyin , and chapters of the book are each titled with alternative translations of Wu Li , such as "Nonsense", "My Way" and "I Clutch My Ideas". Zukav participated as a journalist in a physics conference of eastern and western scientists at Esalen Institute , California ; and he used the occasion as material for his book.
"The Dancing Wu Li Masters"