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Disappointing - it really is just brief 'reviews' and long 'quotes',
This review is from: Fritjof Capra and the Systems View of Life: Book Reviews, Quotes and Comments (Paperback)
I am a big fan of Capra and his work since 'The Tao of Physics' in the 70s. His more recent work is even better I think - and his capacity to explain recent science and bring out its implication for news ways of thinking about the world is second to none. I am inclined to agree with Walter's view that he is something of a genius - but as such he warrants better treatment than this book gives him.
I'd just be buying any of Capra's books and reading them myself. I missed the significance of the subtitle of this book "reviews, quotes and comments" it is essentially a set of reviews - a brief intro to each of Capra's texts (about the sort of 'intro' you'd get reading the back cover) and then a summary of the book which consists of extended sets of quotes from the original text itself. It's true as Walter points out that Capra is hard to summarise since he is a great writer but the extensive quotes don't add anything to our understanding of Capra's texts. There is little critical analysis or extension of the ideas. The second half of the book is a 200 page bibliography (about half the text) which seems to be a list of Walter's, fairly esoteric, reading - largely unrelated to the text of the first half.
If you don't know Capra's work then this will give you an paraphrase of each text - largely in Capra's own words - but on the whole I'd suggest you just buy Capra's 'Web of Life' (if you want the science) or 'The Turning Point' (if you are interested in the historical development of the modern scientific world view) and you won't be disappointed - as I was by this text.
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