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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It was tough reading a book concerning “new” physics written over 30 years ago.
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An artist may consider and reject a particular idea for inclusion in his work of art, but he does so simply on the basis of his own perception of the work. That sai Zukav did a surprisingly competent job describing physics in laymen terms that it is hard to believe he is not in the STEM field at all.
The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene superstring theory of quantum gravity To some degree each of the zkkav physics books cover the same ground, but Zukav excels at surveying the history of physics and at describing Einstein’s three important contributions. 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 an external world which exists apart from us”.
It is possible that this is not Zukav’s fault–that he does believe that the philosophy he expounds is necessitated by the findings of quantum mechanics. According to quantum mechanics there is no such thing as objectivity. The second group prefers explorations which involve the intellect in a less logically daning manner. What a wonderful lucid style of explaining modern physics! Thus, for example, photons “act as if they know” how an experiment is designed, so photons are conscious.
So “reality” is just “whatever quality it is that real things have.
I see no reason not to apply the same logical analysis to philosophies, and if that makes me a “technician”, then so be it. Or its zuukav to philosophy. Aug 20, Donald rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. To get at that, I will quote from the introduction to the book:.
Wave functions do not exist in the ordinary three-dimensional space that we perceive; they exist in an abstract mathematical space called Hilbert space. The fact that a wave function that has just collapsed because of a mawters made on a quantum system can have a special mathematical form is also somewhat misleading as Zukav uses it here.
It is possible that the physicists he talked to were not as scrupulous as they should have been at distinguishing the established part of the new physics–the experimental results and the basic theory that explains them–from their particular philosophical views on why the basic theory works as well as it does. It saves itself from a three star rating because I am now more curious about quantum physics and want to read more. It is all very confusing to a simple man like me who applies classical logic in those situations where it is warranted.
It was just that we, with our obsessive propensity to classify and divide had made the artificial boundaries. By my comments so far I have certainly placed myself into the first group, whereas Zukav, by his own admission, belongs to the second.
Scientists have to be willing not only to propose new ideas, but to reject them when they are shown to be untenable, and that will be shown by experimental results regardless of how the scientist feels about the idea.
This is explained well. Apr 30, Danelley rated it it was amazing. So I’ll just comment on the straightforward science.
Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav
These are the people who become interested in the liberal arts. Even though the book is published almost 40 years ago, some of the discussions have not changed much.
Aug 03, Scott Compton rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Quantum logic is just one more tool in the toolbox. Now, in the quest to find the answer to the ultimate question, “Is there God? All the pilot wave theory says is that the fundamental units of physics are particles, which act just like “real” classical particles in that they have definite positions and velocities at all times and move along definite trajectories, and “pilot waves”, which flow along with the particles and guide their trajectories in order to keep the results of experiments consistent with garh statistics.
As a teenager, Master was so absorbed and completely fascinated by Neils Bohr’s postulates, Max Planck’s Theory that Physics was the air i breathed!
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The more we know about reality Sep 20, P rated it really liked it Shelves: He talks about S-matrix theory, which was known to have failed a number of tests by the ‘s, as though it were still viable, and the main reference work he cites on particle physics dates from Gary Zukavif he had written the previous sentence, would have replaced the word “ironically” with “therefore.
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.
There’s little doubt that we do live in a quantum world, but we are insufficiently educated to understand that. But it is also here that, after canvassing the philosophical positions, Zukav goes into a discussion of Eastern mysticism gxry its supposed connections with quantum physics.