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Password to Extract: Skip to content Search for: Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time—way back in This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best seller that has gone on to become a classic. 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. 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.
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Stay in Touch Sign up. So to me, it seems inevitable that the more we learn about the world and what it is made of from a scientific viewpoint, the more we are going to ask, what does it all mean in the bigger picture of life? That is what this book did for me; it made me think about the overall implications of what we are learning scientifically about the world and wonder what it means to us on a human level.
I believe from both a scientific and spiritual side that we are all connected and, without getting all new age-y, the implications of this can be profound because we are able to see that what we do to ourselves, each other and the planet are not done in isolation- there is a rippling effect across the universe. I'll stop here as I don't want to preach; I'll just say I recommend this book to people like me, who are spiritual, but also appreciate the rational science behind the 'mystique.
Those who are not spiritual in any way; who only believe in that which can be proven with rigid scientific experiments probably need to stay away from this book. Aug 04, Piyush rated it did not like it. Eastern philosophy is not a singular concept - it consists of many schools of thought; some of which the author has conveniently cherry-picked and force fit to draw parallels with Quantum Physics.
Truth be told, the book neither has literary merit, nor does it present any groundbreakingly profound idea. There is a pretence of the latter, but anyone with half a knowledge of philosophy will see right through it.
The only merit in the book, if one is to force himself to find one, is to see how an au Eastern philosophy is not a singular concept - it consists of many schools of thought; some of which the author has conveniently cherry-picked and force fit to draw parallels with Quantum Physics. The only merit in the book, if one is to force himself to find one, is to see how an author can paraphrase a simple idea again and again, hiding it under the guise of different metaphors and clothing it in different phrases, and make a whole book out of it.
To see this, one would have suspend the idea that the author's intent matters at all, and and then appreciate the fact that Fritjof Capra has produced a tribute to Queneau's Exercises in Style, albeit accidentally. As a matter of fact, I can reproduce the whole book here - and save you the time and expense.
Here it is: And modern physics agrees. Chapter 1 — Modern Physics: A Path with a Heart Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question Does this path have a heart? On the one hand, it is not less sophisticated either, although its sophistication is of a very different kind.
The scientists and mystics, then, have developed highly sophisticated methods of observing nature which are inaccessible to the lay person. Suzuki Chapter 4 — The New Physics Al my attempts to adapt the theoretical foundation of physics to this new type of knowledge failed completely. It was as if the ground had been pulled from under one, to no firm foundation to be seen anywhere, upon which another one could have been built - Albert Einstein Chapter 5 — Hinduism All actions take place in time by the interweaving of the forces of nature, but the man lost in selfish delusion thinks that he himself is the actor.
But the man who knows the relation between the forces of nature and actions, sees how some forces of Nature work upon other forces of nature, and becomes not their slave - The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 — Buddhism Ashvaghosa probably had a strong influence on Nagarjuna, the most intellectual Mahayana philosopher, who used a highly sophisticated dialectic to show the limitations of all concepts of reality Rather, we say that inseparable quantum interconnectedness of the whole universe is the fundamental reality, and that relatively independently behaving parts are merely particular and contingent forms within this whole - David Bohm Chapter 11 — Beyond the World of Opposites It moves.
It moves not. It is far, and it is near. It is within all this, And It is outside of all this. In this space-experience the temporal sequence is converted into a simultaneous co-existence, the side by side existence of things Only when there is stillness in movement can the spiritual rhythm appear which pervades heaven and earth - Taoist text Chapter 14 — Emptiness and Form We may therefore regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense The discovery of symmetric patterns in the particle world has led many physicists to believe that these patterns reflect the fundamental laws of nature.
By shutting our eyes to the successive events. It is an artificial attitude that makes sections in the stream of change, and calls them things When we shall know the truth of things, we shall realize how absurd it is for us to worship isolated products of the incessant series of transformations as though they were eternal and real.
Life is no thing or state of a thing, but a continuous movement or change. But each branch of the plant, each member of the animal, each drop of its humours, is also such a garden or such a pond - Leibniz, in Monadology View 2 comments. Quando i saggi sono scritti da Saggi.
Jun 29, Murray rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm afraid as hard as I tried I could not make this book work for me. The author discusses a lot about quantum physics as it was understood in the 's and eastern mysticism. He attempts to correlate the two. The assertions were broad and conjectural, and I ended up confused about both. That may be my fault, not the author's, but so be it. I was wading through another treatise on quantum physics and relativity at the same, Paul Davie's "The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?
Suffice it to say that Professor Davies has an insight that made more sense than anything Capra has to say. Quoting Dr. Nothing more than vague foreshadowing. Feb 20, Rama rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Brahman of physics This is one of the best books I have read which ties the philosophies of Vedanta Hinduism , Buddhism and Taoism with the laws of physics. The book is divided into three sections; the first section gives a general introduction to the facts of physical reality.
The second section discusses the philosophies of Hinduism with references to Bhagavad-Gita and Upanishads; Buddhist philosophy and Chinese thought. The last section discusses the laws of Newtonian physics, and how the The Brahman of physics This is one of the best books I have read which ties the philosophies of Vedanta Hinduism , Buddhism and Taoism with the laws of physics. The last section discusses the laws of Newtonian physics, and how the reality experienced through classical principles has changed after the discovery of relativistic and quantum physics.
The concepts of physics discussed in this section require some undergraduate level physics. The summary of this book is given below: In relativity, space and time are intimately connected and form a four dimensional continuum; hence they can not be treated separately. There is no universal time flow as in Newtonian dynamics. This means that different observers order events differently in time if they move with different velocities relative to the observed events.
In such a case two events which are seen as occurring simultaneously by one observer may occur in different temporal sequences for other observers. All measurements involving space and time thus lose their absolute significance. The absolute space, which is a stage for physical event in Newtonian physics, is abandoned along with the concept of absolute time. Spacetime becomes an element of a language that a particular observer uses for describing a physical event. Relativistic physics also treats gravity as a manifestation of matter curving spacetime in its vicinity, and it also showed that mass is a form of energy and hence it can not be viewed as a static object but a dynamic existence.
This mass - energy conversions are well demonstrated in particle - antiparticle interactions; energy turns into this pair and when they annihilate they are converted into pure energy. Since the spacetime is of four-dimensional, and in this dimension all events are interconnected.
Particle interactions are interpreted as cause and effect only when space-time diagrams are read in one direction. There is no definite direction in the 4D world and hence no before or after and no causation. The wave - particle duality of matter at subatomic level does not mean that the wave is three-dimensional waves like water waves but they are probability waves.
They are abstract mathematical quantities which are related to the probabilities of finding the particles in various places. In the absence of certainty, the existence of matter or its non-existence becomes diffused. We can never say that fundamental particles exist or they don't exist or it is neither present nor absent, or it exists and do not exist simultaneously until a physical observation is made.
For better understanding of the relationship between pairs of classical concepts, Bohr introduced the notion of complementarity. He suggested that the particle picture and wave pictures are two complementary descriptions of the same reality. Each of them only partly correct and having a limited range of application. Each picture is needed to give the full descriptions of the atomic reality and both are to be applied within the limitations of uncertainty principle.
The cosmic web is alive; it grows and changes continually according to the laws of physics. The wave - particle dualism of quantum physics, motions doesn't have paths, existence is reduced to probabilities, and the unification of space and time in relativistic physics implies a highly dynamic interaction with matter wherein all fundamental concepts of reality is interwoven into one reality.
The particles are represented by wave packet, and the length of wave packet represents the uncertainty in location. If we localize the particle to a smaller region length , then the wavelengths will decreases frequency increases representing an increase in the velocity and hence the momentum, thus supporting the dynamic nature of reality at its most fundamental level.
The dynamic nature is also found at the intergalactic level where the existence of dark matter and dark forces keep the universe in its ever expansionary state.
The universe at its edge is moving from us close to the speed of light and farther the cosmic bodies are faster they are moving from us. The laws of atomic physics are statistical laws according to which the probabilities for atomic events are determined by the dynamics of the whole system. Whereas in classical physics the properties and behavior of parts determine those of the whole.
In quantum physics this is reversed, the whole determines the behavior of parts. Probability is used in both classical and quantum physics for similar reasons. In both there are hidden variables that prevent us from making exact predictions. The hidden variables in classical physics are local mechanisms and those in quantum physics are non-local.
The latter allows instantaneous connection to a pair of entangled particles anywhere in the universe that would otherwise be precluded by the speed limit of light in classical physics. The structure we observe is a manifestation of an underlying process and matter is a form of energy and not mere stuff or substance. Energy is associated with process. In quantum physic the observer and observed no longer remain separated.
Deductive philosophy implied that we need to start with fundamental laws that make the basis of knowledge.
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The fundamental equations, universal constants, basic concepts are the essential ingredients of building knowledge. Research and experimental evidence in support of a phenomenon and a mathematical model to explain the results is fundamental in science.
Thus physics is mainly concerned with rational knowledge and the Vedic mysticism is concerned with intuitive knowledge. In the former as one explores the physics of fundamental particles, and the various physical processes in the atomic world it becomes increasingly clear that matter and energy in spacetime are all interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent, and they are understood as a part of the whole.
Apr 15, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok.
My feeling post the completion of this book is utter confusion. The first few chapters of this book gave an eloquent preamble of things to come, a sweeping narrative that would capture the essence of Physics and pit it against the ages-old wisdom of Eastern philosophy.
This objective of the book was what caught my attention — that the author sets out to prove that an exacting discipline like Physics can have parallels with religious experiences. How can the rigor of mathematics be paralleled by My feeling post the completion of this book is utter confusion.
How can the rigor of mathematics be paralleled by an experience like mysticism? Fascinating premise isn't it? Then I made the mistake of reading about this book and found that all that was built up in a grandiose fashion by Fritjof Capra had been ripped apart by men and women with sharper intellects a long time ago.
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The mindset I then settled into was akin to reading Erich Von Daniken — not believing a word of what I read and yet fascinated by the imagination of the author. The author is by no means a bad one and I would even venture a few more steps forward and call him a good one for the first two parts of the book. This is where he explains in very light prose as to what constitutes the basics of physics classical and modern , a little bit on the relativity theory, quantum and atomic physics etc.
In another section he does a bare bones observation on the various eastern belief systems — Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and a touch of Zen. The section on Hinduism is woefully inadequate for all it has is the cosmic dance of Siva and a slight smirk at the erotic undercurrents of the Tantric systems.
Buddhism gets a larger and better treatment and so does the basic ideas of Taoism. The part on Zen is more of an icing on the cake than anything else. It is from here that things get stale, the author flies off to his own pet parallels and offers fantastic theories. For want of a better analogy, Capra pulls of a passably good Malcolm Gladwell — seemingly brilliant theories, fantastic examples and yet no chances to refute them in the examples that he quotes.
Unlike Gladwell, the observations do not stick together too well with time. Take a moment to sit back, and re-look at them and they all fall away. Nothing more to be said of that. A quick twenty minutes reading online about the book will give you more understanding than what the book itself will. The two stars are for the skill of the author at stitching this all together.
Aug 12, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it liked it Shelves: Hmmm what to say about this. In some ways I agree that there are a number of parallels at least in the modality of viewing the world through the eyes of the eastern believer and the modern day physicist.
But whether or not these parallels are entirely the ones drawn by the author or further expounded on in this book I have some reservations in either regard. Perhaps it was because I did not enjoy being told by the author where these parallels were or being lead around in such a manner.
Some of h Hmmm what to say about this. Some of his views of physics seem to be very "outsidist" if there is such a term and some of his views of eastern belief seem to be a bit mixed up. Perhaps because he chose all of eastern philosophy which is so wide ranging and so varied instead of focusing on Taoism or Buddhism for example.
Though I do think that there are a lot of similarities in different eastern traditions and ways of thought I don't know if it strengthens the authors case to be flitting about between different philosophies in some cases which contradict each other, when there is often left to be much in terms of personal interpretation of these individual philosophies.
I think what the author is trying to get at is the overall perspective of modern day physics is somehow aligning with what is already "known" in eastern religions. I don't know if that is an important or productive view of the whole matter.
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I mean what did these religions give us in terms of scientific understanding? And what does science give us in way of spiritual awareness of knowledge? Are these two expected to be married to a happy union? You cannot in my mind marry two ideals that serve different functions. I don't think I would pick this book up as a scientist and say I am now enlightened and turn to the eastern path. Nor do I think that as a believer in any of these eastern paths would I find more grounds for the validity of modern physics.
They serve different functions. The parallels drawn did not in my mind make any relation here more concrete.
Similar to how I felt with The Elegant Universe ; here was a book that did a good job of giving a survey of "the known physics", a good job of explaining the intractable problems, and then a poor job of explaining "the new way" while at the same time hedging as much as possible.
The comparisons to Eastern mysticism seemed a little conveniently tacked on, and maybe even a bit cherry-picked. I think the real problem I had with this book though wasn't about the theories which, you know, "you ca Similar to how I felt with The Elegant Universe ; here was a book that did a good job of giving a survey of "the known physics", a good job of explaining the intractable problems, and then a poor job of explaining "the new way" while at the same time hedging as much as possible.
I think the real problem I had with this book though wasn't about the theories which, you know, "you can't blame a guy for trying" but that when a book's popularity catches fire, an authoritative tone can make it that much more convincing to folks like me that are not trained in that specific discipline in this case, high-energy physics —and so even as the evidence stacks up against the espoused theory which in this case is the S-matrix theory , there isn't any real serious re-evaluation.
This is my response in a nutshell though; I'd really like to put together a little more formal of a response. In due time? Mar 02, Ken Deshaies rated it really liked it.