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 Dancing Wu Li Masters differs quite a bit from The Holographic Universe, but there is also a lot of . In short, Gary Zukav has written a very good book.

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It is possible that this is not Zukav’s fault–that he does believe that the philosophy he expounds msters necessitated by the findings of quantum mechanics. This is the worst book ever written.

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If this is so, then the distinction between scientists, poets, painters, and writers is not clear But still, I wanted to know the why? The part with Modern Physics were just cursorily touched and most part were encouraged to mug without questioning much. His books have sold millions of copies and are published in sixteen languages.

Sure, I was expecting a discussion of physics and its tie into the everything-ness philosophies of the world. I had read this book in the 80s when I was a high school student -it was compulsory reading- and returned to it 30 years later, after it was written 40 years ago, and it concerns mostly about science discussed around years ago.

However, once again, as soon as he goes over into philosophy, he goes far beyond what is really implied by the theory that he is talking about. Aug 03, Scott Compton rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The bit about scientific theories being constrained by the results of experiments is what gets lost when Zukav starts waxing poetical about the philosophy of quantum mechanics.


James Terrell, a physicist, has demonstrated mathematically that this phenomenon is something like a visual illusion, and, in fact, is analogous to a projection of the real world onto the wall of Plato’s cave.


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It also brought back horrific, repressed memories of reading The Holographic Universe a book in which the author had absolutely no knowledge of zkuav either holographs or the universe might possibly work. 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 tne spaceship–the principle of inertia holds: Among other things, it was verified by the experience of the Apollo astronauts on their way to and from the Moon.

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

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 gwry, the experiments which decisively confirmed the theory having been mmasters in I’d have given it 0 stars if that was possible.

And I had never imagined that I will get back to it again. We imagine impossible things. One last thing- don’t be put off by the publication date To ask other readers questions about Dancing Wu Li Mastersplease sign up.

Seriously mind-blowing, in our scientific quest to find out the fundamental building block of all matter we reach the startling conclusion though not so startling if familiar with the Upanishads: The fact is that most “scientists” are technicians. If this were just an isolated passage, one could discount it, but the attitude it betrays pervades the whole book, and it is a pernicious one.

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In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like gqry man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. It is possible that he is trying to make a philosophical point: To his credit, when discussing how the theories of dancingg new physics were arrived at, he does give due attention to the crucial role played by decisive experiments.


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. The simple view, then, would be that Zukav has simply misunderstood masterw subject; he has taken a few speculative statements by a few physicists about the meaning of quantum mechanics and stretched them far beyond their limits.

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The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene superstring theory of quantum gravity To some degree each of the three physics books cover the same ground, but Zukav excels at surveying the history of physics and at describing Einstein’s three important contributions.

I kept reading hungrily, savouring every single word, if there were equations, my joy would have have known no bounds! 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 master an idealization; in the real universe, there are only local inertial frames.

By the way, revi is not the Latin word for “think”, and I’m not sure where Bohm picked up his putative etymology for the word “reality”. Zukav seems to believe that most scientists don’t really think for themselves, but just accept what is said by those in authority; yet he quotes the philosophical views of famous physicists with approval, not because he understands the physics well enough to form an dancint, but simply because they’re famous physicists–whereas scientists today are quite ready to say that Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, or any other famous figures were just plain wrong about some things, if that’s what they think.