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First published in 1975, The Tao of Physics rode the wave of fascination in exotic East Asian philosophies. Decades later, it still stands up to scrutiny, explicating not only Eastern philosophies but also how modern physics forces us into conceptions that have remarkable parallels. Covering over 3,000 years of widely divergent traditions across Asia, Capra can't help but blur lines in his generalizations. But the big picture is enough to see the value in them of experiential knowledge, the limits of objectivity, the absence of foundational matter, the interrelation of all things and events, and the fact that process is primary, not things. Capra finds the same notions in modern physics. Those approaching Eastern thought from a background of Western science will find reliable introductions here to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism and learn how commonalities among these systems of thought can offer a sort of philosophical underpinning for modern science. And those approaching modern physics from a background in Eastern mysticism will find precise yet comprehensible descriptions of a Western science that may reinvigorate a hope in the positive potential of scientific knowledge. Whatever your background, The Tao of Physics is a brilliant essay on the meeting of East and West, and on the invaluable possibilities that such a union promises. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A brilliant best seller. . . . Lucidly analyzes the tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism to show their striking parallels with the latest discovery in cyclotrons.”—New York magazine
“A pioneering book of real value and wide appeal.”—Washington Post
“I have been reading the book with amazement and the greatest interest, recommending it to everyone I meet and, as often as possible, in my lectures. I think you have done a magnificent and extremely important job.”—Joseph Campbell
Very helpful, comprehensive review of Eastern theological, philosophical thought and physics thought up through quantum physics written at laymen's level.Published 22 days ago by James Brock
I am enjoying this book greatly. I find that I read chapters a second time to absorb all the information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CharlieO
If you're interested in the relationship between physics and eastern philosophy, this is a worthwhile book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. J. Reed
As a practicing Hindu for 50 years, I found the author's explanations of Hinduism to be very offensive and distorted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Manish Soni
Ahead of its time when first published. Much more relevant and inspiring today with the advances and challenges we have today with physics and sciences in general.Published 3 months ago by Y. Wei
This is my second copy. I Loaned my first copy out, and never got it back. This book makes so much sense. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeanne Coats
Great book! One of my favorite books! It clearly shows the connection between eastern mysticism (Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism) and western philosophies in science; and how... Read morePublished 5 months ago by GMAN
Fits right on my book list as I try to understand physics...as a non-physicist. :)Published 5 months ago by DebbieB