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Description - The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav

This is an account of the essential aspects of the new physics for those with little or no knowledge of mathematics or science. It describes current theories of quantum mechanics, Einstein's special and general theories of relativity and other speculations, alluding throughout to parallels with modern psychology and metaphorical abstractions to Buddhism and Taoism. The author has also written "The Seat of the Soul".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712648721
ISBN-10: 0712648720
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 27mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Rider & Co
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 14-Mar-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav

UK Kirkus Review » It was either this book, or Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics, to balance the Einstein inclusion. I chose this because the New York Times described it as 'the most exciting intellectual adventure since Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which was another contender for this page. Whereas most of Einstein's attempts to explain life and the universe will never be fathomed by the layperson, Zukav makes it entertaining and understandable - linking hard science with modern psychology and Eastern mysticism. Although a little outdated scientifically, he succeeds in showing that how you should depend on more than just your senses and observations to understand the universe. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Can there be a true marriage of particle physics and psychedelia? Can an Esalen-inspired seminar on physics yield insights into Zen, enlightenment, or other transcendental phenomena? Gary Zukav sounds an emphatic yes as he explains how he, physicist David Finkelstein (Yeshiva University), and Al Chung-Liang Huang, a T'ai Chi master who was leading a workshop at Esalen, met over dinner and evolved the concept of dancing Wu Li masters. Huang explained that physics was called Wu Li back in Taiwan where he learned it. And Wu Li means patterns of organic energy. It also means My Way, Nonsense, I Clutch My Ideas, and Enlightenment (used as chapter titles in the book). The dance is what physics "masters" do who elaborate theories and deal with the absurdities that sometimes characterize quantum physics. (Light as particle and wave, for example, the notion of spin when there is no spin. . . .) With this as theme, Zukav takes off to explain special and general relativity theory and the evolution of ideas in contemporary physics down to the current embarrassment of riches in particles with their various strange properties (including strangeness). When he sticks to Einstein thought experiments or simple examples not unlike those used in Gamow or Hoyle, the text is all right. Where the reader has cause for despair is in Zukav's enthusiastic jumps to Zen, right-left brain differences, Freud - or when he indulges in endless puns and uses his favorite foil for explanation, Jim de Wit. Pared of these excesses, this might be a good popularization. But that would be to eliminate just the East-West bridges Zukav wants to build. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Gary Zukav

Gary Zukav is the bestselling author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, The Seat of the Soul, Soul Stories, and many others. Published in 30 languages, he is a graduate of Harvard University and a former US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer who fought in Vietnam. www.seatofthesoul.com

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