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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Zukav argues that experiencing reality through, perhaps, meditation and eastern religious metaphors, may lead to a greater degree of “knowing” or enlightenment, as the case garu be.

The subtle mechanism of knowing the truth does not originate in the brain. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing simplified Chinese-language text. He barely mentions quark theory at all, and electroweak theory only in a brief footnote, where he says that “recent evidence gives growing credence” to that theory, a considerable understatement in given that it was the very year Weinberg, Salam, and Glashow received the Nobel Prize for it, the experiments which decisively confirmed the theory having been completed in I can’t help mentioning also, thought it isn’t strictly germane to a review of Zukav’s book, that I personally have never understood why quantum logic was thought to be such a breakthrough.

“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

Still, if you’re interested in the history of physics–from Newton to Einstein to the birth of quantum mechanics–this is the book to read. Gary Zukav in several places reiterates that mathematics is not needed to read and understand his book, however, it is not for the ordinary non-mathematics reader either.

At times he’s so eager to jump t This is probably as good as a physics-for-the-layman book can get. Frustrating because, something clicks, your mind abstractly grasps the idea, but when trying to convey these exciting new concepts to friends and loved ones, you feel grossly inadequate.

So the fact that collapsed wave functions can look “special” is really only an artifact of the particular basis we choose to look at them in.

This is a book written by a non-physicist that argues how zu,av cutting edge quantum mechanics connect back to buddhist and other wisdom.

This book was first published inmuch has transpired since then, so it is dated. This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li At the conference, it was said that the Chinese term for physics is ‘Wu Li’, or “patterns of organic energy.


It is true that there were not yet any danccing in the late 19th and early 20th century, when these issues were being debated in physics, but Newtonian physics predicted quite clearly what would be observed in one, and those predictions were correct as far as the inertial nature of the reference frame. I do not buy the argument at all, but I think zkuav author tried quite a bit to understand and to convey his understanding about the particle physics. Zukav participated as a journalist in a physics conference of eastern and western scientists at Esalen InstituteCalifornia ; and he used the occasion as material for his book.

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. But the book is definitely dated.

We think about one thing, then another. The Aspect experiments in which Zukav also mentions in the edition of the book–it is interesting that here he has taken pains to update the content of the book from the original edition, which as I have noted, he does almost nowhere else were intended to definitively close the loopholes, and it was initially thought that they had; but theoretical work done in the ‘s has uncovered dancinf possible ways out of the nonlocality conclusion that were not definitively ruled out by the Aspect experiments.

As I understand it, the basic idea was not to talk about possibly intangible interactions between particles like quarks, whose existence is hard to demonstrate directly, but only about the objectively measurable scattering matrix.

But the view of wave functions living wy actual three-dimensional space at least some of the time plays a key role in Zukav’s philosophy, so the fact that the view is in error is not insignificant when dancibg the claims he makes. First there was Big Bang, by Simon Singh which told me if I comprehend one small part of physics called ‘Relativity’ by some guy called ‘Einstein’ it would come in handy understanding the creation of our world.

I first learned about this book from a review by Douglas Hofstadter in his Scientific American column, Metamagical Themas, which ran through most of the mid-eighties. Greene also surveys the history of physics but does so briefly.


And that very well may be the exact point of the book, I’m aware. However, once again, as soon as he goes over into philosophy, he goes far beyond what is really implied by the theory that he mastwrs talking about. These are the people who become interested in the liberal arts. Furthermore, it is contradictory as a statement about the principle of relativity Galilean or otherwise ; the principle of relativity is all about working with inertial frames of reference without having danciny discover one that is in absolute nonmotion.

If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all of mastes things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. Recommendations I found for follow-up reading: One last thing- don’t be put off by the publication date Gary Zukavif he had written the previous sentence, would have replaced the word “ironically According to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, it is impossible to know both the exact position and momentum of a particle: But you will also be presented dancinng a philosophy about the physics which is not the only possible one, and is certainly not necessitated by the physics, but which is presented as though it zukab just as well established as the physics; and you won’t be able to tell which is which without information from other sources, because Zukav does not distinguish the two.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav

It is true that S-matrix theory can still be of value as an approximation in some contexts, but Zukav never talks about that kind of theoretical work at all, perhaps because he considers it merely “technician” work–he is solely concerned with theories that are supposed to tell us about the fundamental nature of reality.

They are not interested in the essentially new. Apparently, there used to a be an approach to quantum mechanics called S-matrix theory, which was popular among left-leaning physicists in the early 70s.