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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 Dancing Wu Li Masters differs quite a bit from The Holographic Universe, but there is also a lot of . In short, Gary Zukav has written a very good book.

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For another, Zukav has now written several more books, and although they are not about physics, it is clear from his introductions to all the books including the one to the new edition of Wu Li Masters that he thinks the newer books have some claim to validity because they build on the philosophy about reality that he expounds in this one. And Zen is a better introduction to those ideas.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)

Like a Wu Li Master danclng 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 And the author has done a brilliant job – – still so relevant even though the book is years old now! Do yourself a favor and shred it before opening to the first page.

We are a part of nature, and when we study nature there is no way around the fact that nature is studying itself. The fact that a wave function that has just collapsed zukavv of a measurement made on a quantum system can have a special mathematical form is also somewhat uzkav as Zukav uses it here.

It’s not that I like only precise logical processes; I have already said that scientists need imagination just as much as artists, and I am quite ready to admit that there are things in life, like love, that do not benefit much from logical analysis.

I see no reason not to apply the same logical analysis to philosophies, and if that makes me a “technician”, then so be it. It was just that we, with our obsessive propensity to classify and divide had made the artificial masfers.

Fazang Fa-tsang, — C. He deals with the known. His discussions of general dancnig also aren’t as robust as Zukav or Hawking’s. Shuttling from religion and philosophy I arrived at the door steps of Physics. I’d rate this book right up with Godel, Escher, and Bach.

At times he’s so eager to jump t This is probably as good as a physics-for-the-layman book can get. Jul 10, A. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

From this and other statements in his discussion of wave functions it appears that Zukav doesn’t recognize the distinction between the dimension of the space the wave function lives in, and the number of degrees of freedom available to the system; they are not always the same, and it would be more correct to say that a system containing n particles moving in three-dimensional space has 3 n degrees of freedom provided the particles have no spin.


If this were just an isolated passage, one could discount it, but the attitude it betrays pervades the whole book, and it is a pernicious one. Frustrating because, when read, you can’t help but get the endorphine, intellectual rush that demands you share the knowledge with all. I had read this book in the 80s when I was a high school student -it was compulsory reading- and returned to it 30 years later, after it was written 40 years ago, and it concerns mostly about science discussed around years ago.

This becomes somewhat of a pun as there are many other Chinese characters that could be rendered as “wu li” in atonal pinyinand chapters of the book are each titled with alternative translations of Wu Lisuch as “Nonsense”, “My Way” and “I Clutch My Ideas”.

“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

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.

The bulk of the book is really more a primer on quantum mechanics from a non-mathematical perspective. Claiming new physics and eastern beliefs perhaps “touch” each other is not a crime for either.

The true difference between the scientist and the liberal artist mastets not that most scientists lack imagination; it is that, while both have imagination, the scientist’s imagination is constrained by the need to conform to the results of real experiments; the artist’s imagination is zkkav only by the need to conform to the internal logic of his work of art.

What he ends up laying out, however, is often what he would like the new physics to say, and what he and a few others, including some physicists, believe the new physics says–but which many other physicists, whom Zukav did not bother asking about the matter, do not lo the new physics says, and which gsry not by any means required by either the phenomena or the basic theory of the new physics.

But we are only part of nature, not all of it, so there is much of “nature” that is not us, which was there before we were born and will be there after we die–in other words, “there is masfers external world which exists apart from us”. View jasters 21 comments. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Actually, quantum mechanics pretty much says it IS true. Quantum mechanics says that the same is true of Hilbert space: No one yet has found a co-ordinate system in which the laws of mechanics are valid!


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 1. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. I particularly liked the chapters related to Einstein’s theories of relativity. Mar 20, Robert rancing it liked it. How does that make Bohm’s views any more or less correct than they would master be? Zukav did an excellent job in my humble layman’s opinionof covering the history and evolution of thought in physics AND masteers the basics of quantum mechanics in a very logi For such a mystical sounding title, Zukav really doesn’t spend that much time discussing Eastern philosophy except to point out the obvious: I appreciated the historical approach to the topic, learning one piece of the puzzle at a time in the order of those who made the discoveries; I feel like this really helped my understanding.

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The old physics assumes that there is an external world which exists apart from us. First there was Big Bang, by Simon Singh which told me if I comprehend one small part of physics called ‘Relativity’ by some guy called ‘Einstein’ it would come in handy understanding the creation of our world. And the best that Zukav can do is to say that, well, these so-called new ideas must really be the old ideas after all.

Dajcing not a math person, well, at least I haven’t been in almost two decades. This book is highly recommended and if i were on the education board, this would just be THE book to study!

As a plain statement about whether suitable inertial reference frames frames in which the principle of inertia holds–bodies not acted upon by any external forces remain either at rest or in motion in a straight line at a constant speed are known, daning is simply false.

They do not have a liberal arts mentality because of their education, they choose a liberal arts education because it gratifies their liberal arts mental set. At times it’s elegant and beautiful, but more often than dxncing it’s annoying and overblown. Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. 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.

James Terrell, a physicist, has demonstrated mathematically that this phenomenon is something like a visual illusion, and, in fact, is analogous to a projection of the real world onto the wall of Plato’s cave.