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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That said, the book has many things to nitpick. As I noted in the review above, Zukav devotes considerable space to discussing the various philosophical positions which were known in regarding the Bell inequalities and nonlocality. Muddling science with belief can become tedious, especially in this volume.

“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect and Bell’s theorem. There’s little doubt that we do live in a quantum world, but we are insufficiently educated to understand that. Feb 03, Lane Wilkinson rated it did not like it.

Jun 04, Ari rated it did not like it. He gave it as an example of a trendy masfers of pop philosophy, the basic idea of which was to take certain statements by prominent physicists about what they thought quantum mechanics meant, draw parallels with certain statements made by eastern mastres about their view of reality, and declare, in effect, that “Western science is finally catching up with Eastern thought,” as Hofstadter put it.

Generally speaking, people can be grouped into two categories of intellectual preference. Of course many people are impatient with this, and I would venture to speculate that such impatience is far more common among liberal artists than among scientists using these terms as defined by Zukav’s two groups above. Retrieved from ” https: The immediate vicinity of a freely falling body, such as a spacecraft in transit between, say, the Earth and the Moon, is such a local inertial frame, because locally–within the spaceship–the principle of inertia holds: The explanations were thorough and clear.

However, Zukav carries this viewpoint much further:. He quotes the physicist David Bohm here to illustrate his claim about how the worldview of physics and Eastern mysticism might converge, but though he acknowledges that Bohm’s views are not widely accepted among physicists, he fails to mention that Bohm studied Eastern mysticism, which is why the language he used, as illustrated in the quotes, sounds like that of Eastern mystics.


But oddly enough, I’d recommend that you read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as a primer to this book. Greene also surveys the history of physics but does so briefly. The physics classes and laboratories of this century might have meditation lessons and yogic experiments Actually, quantum mechanics pretty much says it IS true. The fact is that the philosophical view he expounds is not required by quantum mechanics; it is not a consequence of the experimental knowledge we have of quantum systems, but only of a certain philosophical viewpoint that some people have taken towards the theory itself, and that view is most emphatically not a consensus view.

How dare reality leave us without an answer to our deep question!

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

Zukva only theories that made this claim were ether theories, and Zukav’s discussion later in the same chapter makes it clear that ether theories were ruled out by experiment. Actually, spacetime diagrams can fully explain length contraction and time dilation, including zukac what an observer in a stationary frame actually sees of an object in a moving frame, and what space and time coordinates the stationary observer assigns to events in the moving frame.

On the other, it was really snooty about “those close-minded scientists” in a way that garh made me angry. It is interesting that here, as almost nowhere else in the book, Zukav actually does talk about various different philosophical positions that can be taken about the results of experiments based on Bell’s discoveries.

I couldn’t stop thinking about updates and what recent theories have added to the discussion. Far from it, in fact. Gary Zukav has written “the Bible” for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have mastefs scientific background.

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Zukav’s last statement about the old physics, that it says “the external world is indifferent gafy us and to our needs”, helps us to see more clearly where Zukav is coming from. Apr 30, Danelley rated it it was amazing.


Orbiting spacecraft still see small tidal effects due to the Earth’s gravity, which is why a spacecraft not in orbit is a better choice for a truly inertial frame. I kept reading hungrily, savouring every single word, if there were equations, my joy would have have known no bounds!

Retrieved 22 February But the more important point is that, whether you think of the dimension of the wave function space or the number of degrees of freedom, it doesn’t change when the wave function collapses. 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 Mashers 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 dancin ‘s has uncovered other possible ways out of the nonlocality conclusion that were not definitively ruled out by the Aspect experiments.

I could simply end the review here by saying that, by and large, the criticisms were accurate, and I came away from the book with much the same view as Hofstadter had. I struggled through a brief history of time to understand the theory of everything.

If it is both places at once, then it is not a particle. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 1. Science might finally grow up masrers to explain to lay people what only mystics and yogis could experience – we might finally evolve the language and the danciing to explain and understand the structure of the universe without experiencing it – we might know nirvana without feeling it.

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