This is a neat trick, considering that he addresses an audience familiar with neither physics nor non-Euclidean geometry. From nuclear energy to the space program, the world we understand is vastly different from what it was at the beginning of the 14th Century. He probes its simplicity and its magic -- the universal dance of everything from stars and immense galaxies to invisible, sub-atomic particles -- and leads us to see and appreciate all of it with new eyes. Showing anger, becoming depressed, flattering, crying, and bullying behavior are response patterns appropriate to times often long past. Philosophy is about why you sat down in that chair - but 'out of school physics' is all about 'are you really sitting in a chair, or is something else at work here? The best we can do is to identify probabilities that events happen.
In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. However, if you read the footnotes as you read the book, you will have the rare opportunity to see what five of the finest physicists in the world have to say about it as they, in effect, read it along with you. Sure, I was expecting a discussion of physics and its tie into the everything-ness philosophies of the world. The famed photographer and writer Gary Zukav is an interesting figure in the world of literature. His clarity gets weaker as he starts to go into the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics though.
Science is closer to philosophy than most will admit. Clearly, one of the best resource books for everyone! The book helps readers to get over obstacles and create an empire with hard work. This was a question I faced on a second year classical mechanics exam. Gary Zukav has written a very good book for the laymen. With the skill of a Zen master -- who, rather than tell us about a subject leads us to understand the experience of it -- Mr. You silly, silly, New Age people, just stop. This is probably as good as a physics-for-the-layman book can get.
If you want to believe that electrons are spiritual entities, just go ahead and believe it. The annoying this about this book is that mostly it's wonderful. What he is talking about is the firing of a photon through a shield with two slits in it, at a wall where the hits were registered. What does matter is the discovery of all that I have missed for better than 20 years I am pushing 49. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns.
This is the worst book ever written. Not an easy read but sooo full of awesome new physics explanations. Indeed, it can be an intimidating, confusing study. Frustrating because, when read, you can't help but get the endorphine, intellectual rush that demands you share the knowledge with all. A friend may look fat, but remove the empty space secreted away in the atom, and that friend would not be visible with the naked eye, or a telescope or a microscope.
Gary Z has a clear, lucid prose style, and his explanation of wave-particle duality etc is as good as any I've come across. The explanations were thorough and clear. Hindu deities such as Shiva and Vishnu continually dance the creation and destruction of universes while the Buddhist image of the wheel of life symbolizes the unending process of birth, death, and rebirth which is a part of the world of form, which is emptiness, which is form. Its dry and demanding in places, necessarily so. Zukav discusses the essence of physics with the sense of fascination and inspiration we all feel when we look at the vastness of our universe. Then Zukav followed Capra, and wrote this book.
You may be surprised to learn that, unlike a 100 years ago, science is no longer waging an all out assault upon religion. And Zen is a better introduction to those ideas. Better than it can be described, these footnotes reveal the aggressive precision with which men of science seek to remove the flaws from the work of a fellow scientist, even if he is an untrained colleague, like me, and the work is nontechnical, like this book. The book explains the Wu Li is Chinese for Physics. What we look for depends upon what we think. Most of us respond to our environment with a collection of automatic responses that once brought desirable results, usually in childhood.
He uses metaphors and beautifully written prose instead of complicated, dull, discursive, scientific jargon. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. Truly sad, almost appaling and yet marvelous at the same time as the words better late than never pop into mind. However, as soon as it interacts with a measuring device the observing system , one of those possibilities actualizes and the rest cease to exist. And that very well may be the exact point of the book, I'm aware. It saves itself from a three star rating because I am now more curious about quantum physics and want to read more. I got the question right, by the way.
I use this as one of the readings for a summer class in physics and my students find it readable and understandable. In the limited perspective of us walking around, this is true, and the insights have changed all of our lives. Dancing Wu Li Masters: Overview of the New Physics The book describes different varieties of roofs and how can one differentiate them. You are already interested, I hope I didn't spoil it for you! Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect and Bell's theorem. This is the case with all true ideas - so it might be with our vedic and oriental philosophies too.