- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Later Printing Used edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060959681
- ISBN-13: 978-0060959685
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 297 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At an Esalen Institute meeting in 1976, tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, "patterns of organic energy." Journalist Gary Zukav and the others present developed the idea of physics as the dance of the Wu Li Masters--the teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further:
The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter.... This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li.... Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.
The "new physics" of Zukav's 1979 book comprises quantum theory, particle physics, and relativity. Even as these theories age they haven't percolated all that far into the collective consciousness; they're too far removed from mundane human experience not to need introduction. The Dancing Wu Li Masters remains an engaging, accessible way to meet the most profound and mind-altering insights of 20th-century science. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The most exciting intellectual adventure I've been on since reading Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." -- --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"This book is an extremely clear and easily understandable account of the latest developments in physics... -- --David Bohm, Professor of Physics, Birkbeck College, University of London, in Nature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When I saw it in ebook format, I couldn't resist revisiting this old favorite.
A fun read.
ons, the student would have a wonderful grasp of the big picture view to give basis for the more formal proofs that are to come.
Zukav clearly explains some really fascinating (and complicated) discoveries in quantum physics in a way that you can follow and that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I read this through once with a highlighter and a second time with a pen and notebook. This book will change your perspective on the universe and totally open up to a new world - your world.
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This was my second purchase, I gave away the first purchase to a friend.