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 Dancing Wu Li Masters differs quite a bit from The Holographic Universe, but there is also a lot of . In short, Gary Zukav has written a very good book.

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The average layperson could learn the basics of complicated physics from this agry, easily. May 30, Tirath rated it it was amazing. The theory under discussion is Bohm’s “pilot wave” model of how nonlocality might work, which is not a generally accepted theory, it is true; but the point I am making here is that what Zukav quotes Bohm as saying is not part of the physics even of Bohm’s own theory–it is just Bohm’s personal opinion, even though it is part of a physics lecture.

I thought he was just presenting mainstream ideas in a poetic way.

There is that niggling little bit about conforming to “external reality”, and when reality has not yet spoken–when we don’t yet know how to distinguish various possibilities by experiment–the only consistent position to take is that we don’t yet know.

I couldn’t stop thinking about updates and what recent theories have added to the discussion. Oct 27, Eric Witchey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If you want clear explanations of quantum mechanics, relativity, and particle physics and Feynman diagrams with a dose of Eastern philosophy and some Buddhism look du further than this excellent book. It also brought back horrific, repressed memories of reading Tue Holographic Universe a book in which the author had absolutely no knowledge of how either holographs or the universe might possibly work.

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.

Zukav seems to believe that most scientists don’t really think for themselves, but just accept what is said by those in authority; yet he quotes the philosophical views of famous physicists with approval, not because he understands the physics well enough to form an opinion, but simply because they’re famous physicists–whereas scientists today are quite ready to say that Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, or any other famous figures were just plain wrong about some things, if that’s what they think.


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.

It is either here or it is there, but it cannot be both here and there at the same time. This is probably as good as a physics-for-the-layman book can get. Fazang Fa-tsang, — C. I see no reason not to apply the same logical analysis to philosophies, and if that makes me a “technician”, then so be it.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)

Kip Thorne’s Black Holes and Time Warps gives a good, fairly detailed treatment of this history and puts the Finkelstein paper in its proper perspective. Furthermore, it is contradictory as a statement about the principle of relativity Galilean or otherwise ; the principle of relativity is all about zukaav with inertial frames of reference without having to discover one that is in absolute nonmotion.

Aug 20, Donald rated it it was amazing. Instead of continually rehashing old ideas that have no resolution, science keeps on adding new ideas to the fund of human knowledge.

Even a spacecraft in orbit about the Earth is a fairly good approximation of such a frame–better than a laboratory at rest on Earth’s surface, which, as Zukav observes, exhibit non-inertial effects due to the Earth’s rotation the obvious non-inertial effect of the Earth’s gravity can be ignored if only horizontal motion is considered. Re-reading, I would not say the science it re-reveals to the “ordinary reader” is obsolete, rather, needs updates, but of course that is not the author’s fault.

What we perceive determines what we take to be true. A technician is a highly trained person whose job is to apply known techniques and principles. He does a good job setting up and explaining the major breakthroughs so that you, the reader, can appreciate their significance in pretty substantial ways.

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Sep 13, Ethan rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In a footnote a little later on he states that “the state of a system containing n particles is represented at each time by a wave function in a 3 n dimensional space. To put it bluntly, teh what? 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 uzkav and guide their trajectories in order to keep the results of experiments consistent with quantum statistics.


Want to Read saving…. Without him, many other books I’ve read would masterw have made sense at all.

“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

Science might finally grow up enough to explain to lay people what only mystics and yogis could experience – we might finally evolve the language and the concepts to explain and understand the structure of the universe without experiencing it – we might know nirvana without feeling it.

In any case, his discussion is certainly very much out of date as to progress in the field. View all 21 comments. In short, scientists discover and technicians apply.

Hawking rushes through the history of physics so you mastesr need Zukav as a primer. The true difference between the scientist and the liberal artist is not that most scientists lack imagination; it zzukav that, while both have imagination, the scientist’s imagination is constrained by the need to conform to the results of real experiments; the artist’s imagination is constrained only by the need to conform to the internal logic of his work of art.

This is an amazing book and amazing so, because it revitalized the science training within me! Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Vancing for telling us about the problem. There are a number of competing views on the subject; I won’t go into detail about them because this isn’t an essay on the philosophy of quantum mechanics, but they cover a very wide spectrum.

The ultimate perception does not originate in the brain or any material structure, although a material structure is necessary to manifest it.