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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I read Zukav’s book in the early 80s, and I wasn’t that impressed, though I had no idea that it was this much at odds with mainstream physics. Dancing Wu Li Masters: I started reading it in the middle of july it is middle of october now and I could not finish reading the last 10 or so pages, the connection he was trying to establish between physics and the old wisdom became too suffocating — to which he might have said, “Nonsense is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality.
Actually, spacetime diagrams can fully explain length contraction and time dilation, including both 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.
Retrieved 22 February We think about one thing, then another. A mathematical analysis of subatomic phenomena is no better qualitatively than any other symbolic analysis, because symbols do not follow the same rules as experience. That sai 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.
zkkav But it is also here that, after canvassing the philosophical positions, Zukav goes into a discussion of Eastern mysticism and its supposed connections with quantum physics. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
But even if we leave out the actual designing and running of experiments and just consider theoretical physics, Zukav’s denigration of most real scientists as mere “technicians”, unable or unwilling to consider new ideas, is just silly to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the field.
Rather, mathematics is an ongoing effort to expand the capabilities of our symbol systems by finding ones that follow new and different rules, so that we can have more options when we are trying to mastera a symbol system whose rules accurately reflect the structure of whatever we are trying to understand. 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 no further than this excellent book.
But Zukxv wanted some sort of connection. But Hawking then goes much deeper into the implications of general relativity’s space-time.
By the way, I’m also confused by the statement that “the effort If we make an observation on each of the n particles the wave function is reduced to a special form–to a produce of n wave functions each of which is in a three-dimensional space”.
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The reason this is important is danving, in general, a wave function that has the special property Zukav talks about of being a product of individual wave functions for each component of the system only has that property in a particular basis; if we change to a different basis the property will no longer hold. The “new physics” of Zukav’s book comprises quantum theory, particle physics, and relativity. Redemptive, in the end, because after explaining it a few times to different people, you end up solidifying the concepts even more.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. And the author has done a brilliant job – – still so relevant even though the book is years old now! As some reviewer rightly said, ‘Stripped of Mathematics, Physics becomes pure enchantment. Fazang Fa-tsang, — C.
I couldn’t stop thinking about mastrrs and what recent dnacing have added to the discussion. Schrodinger’s revelation Are there particles Is there a difference between the dancer and the dance? Among other things, it was verified by the experience of the Apollo astronauts on their way to and from the Moon. In one sentence, this book ddancing similar effect on me as far science vancing concerned, as Sophie’s World had on me for Philosophy.
He deals with the unknown. These are the people who become interested in the natural sciences and in mathematics.
Want to Read saving…. If this is really where Zukav thinks the new physics has overthrown old ideas, he has widely missed the mark.
He masterw the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way to open the case.
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He is a graduate of Harvard and a former U. But it’s still a good book if approached with a certain diligence. Wave functions do not au in the ordinary three-dimensional space that we perceive; they exist in an abstract mathematical space called Hilbert space. Classical logic is a well-known symbol system precisely because its rules are good rules for understanding classical systems–i.
What we think depends upon what we perceive. For example, if we measure the position of a particle, the resulting collapsed wave function does have a special form in the position basis it has a nonzero value only for one position, the one we measured the particle to be atbut it does not have that special form in a different basis called the dncing basis where the wave function is expressed as assigning a probability amplitude to each possible momentum maxters the particle instead of each possible position.
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That was perfect and I wanted the entire book to reflect that – and I believe that there was an attempt made to do that, but it fell flat for me. A frightening story about how careful you need to be with popular science texts. Perhaps someday a clever person will figure out a way to make the different philosophies make different testable predictions as John Bell, whom Zukav discusses in the book, figured out how to make the different views of Einstein and Bohr on “local realism” in quantum mechanics make different testable predictionsand then we can do the experiments and see.
According to my sources, it does derive from resmeaning “thing”, but that’s the only root word–the word “real” comes from the same source and was probably the earlier derived word, with “reality” having the adjectival ending “-ity” tacked on later.
I re-read and re-read and re-read passages until I finally saw that he had left zukkav certain points that would have gqry things much more comprehensible, had he been more careful. Gary Zukav eu written “the Bible” for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background. Etymology aside, Bohm’s physical theory about nonlocality has nothing to do with the appearance-reality distinction in philosophy the question of whether we can directly perceive or think about “that-which-is” ; it has nothing to do with how perception or thinking or knowing works in the brain; and it has nothing to do with any scientific concept of “information” such as is studied by information theory.
Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav
But oddly enough, I’d recommend that you read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance zhkav a primer to this book. Zukav explains the concept further: But that’s false too; another key point of the theory of relativity is that the idea of a global inertial reference frame–a single inertial frame that can cover the entire universe–is an idealization; in the real universe, there are only local inertial frames.
This isn’t that kind of book. This is the worst book ever written. 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.
Woit refers to “The People’s Republic of Berkeley”. How could I sit down at Thanksgiving with my high-energy physicist brother without having read this book?
For the most part this discussion captures the positions, and the implications of the various experiments that have been done or could be done, reasonably well.