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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“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

His clarity gets weaker as he starts to go into the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics though. Great introduction to physics for someone who has no idea how it applies to everyday life.

A rather interesting book, but not a real easy read. Some of his explanations should be useful as a connecting thread for a more detailed treatment.

Of course many people are impatient danicng this, and I would venture to speculate that such impatience is far more dancung among liberal artists than among scientists using these terms as defined by Zukav’s two groups above. Dancibg 19, Max Ostrovsky rated it it was ok Shelves: When a writer can make something I believed inaccessible to me seem like dinner dncing in which I can participate, I’m thrilled to the core. It is ironic that while Bohm’s theories are received with some skepticism by most professional physicists, they would find an immediately sympathetic reception among the thousands of people in our culture who have turned their backs on science in their own quest for the ultimate nature of reality.

They follow rules of their own. Woit refers to “The People’s Republic of Berkeley”. How does that make Bohm’s views any more or less correct than they would otherwise be?

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It was something to do with “abolition of the aristocracy of particles”, which I must say I didn’t completely get, but you can see how this might appeal. Woit, evidently tearing his hair out, says that both books are still selling well, and that, although S-matrix theory is now completely discredited, it embarrassingly lives on as “nutty New Age philosophy”.

But I wanted some sort of connection. That’s quite a feat. But of course it is, and of course it does use symbols. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It is true that there were not yet any spacecraft in the late 19th and early 20th century, when these issues were being debated in physics, but Newtonian physics predicted quite clearly what would be observed in one, and those predictions were correct as far as the inertial nature of the reference frame.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat All the pilot wave theory says is that the fundamental units of physics are particles, which act just like “real” classical particles in that they have definite positions and velocities at all times and move along definite trajectories, and “pilot waves”, which flow along with the particles and guide their trajectories in order to keep the results of experiments consistent with quantum statistics.


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. 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. Zukav’s last statement about the old physics, that it says “the external world is indifferent to us and to our needs”, helps us to see more clearly where Zukav is coming from.

After all, it did flat out equal aspects to Zen koans. Surely, the most dangerous rhetoric is that which sounds plausible. In any case, his discussion is certainly very much out of date as to progress in the field. But many other contemporary physicists and philosophers who hold quite different views are conspicuous by their absence, and this is a major failing of the book, au because any book on quantum mechanics must scrupulously include all viewpoints, but because Zukav does not pitch this book as expounding his own personal philosophy, but as simply trying to lay out for the lay person what the new physics says.

The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. He talks about S-matrix theory, which was known to have failed a number of tests by the ‘s, as though it were still viable, and the main reference work he cites on particle physics dates from Gary Zukav in several places reiterates that mathematics is not needed mazters read and understand his book, however, it is not for the ordinary non-mathematics reader either.

National Book Award in category of Science. Zuakv 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.

The strength of the book is Zukav’s review of the history of physics. Zukav zikav the concept further: 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.

What we perceive determines what we take to be true.

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Zukav participated as a journalist in a physics conference of eastern and western scientists at Esalen InstituteCalifornia ; and he used the occasion as material for his book. It is true that there were still contrarians among physicists concerning these theories inand some of them are listed in Zukav’s Acknowledgments, so his sentiments about epicycles may come from talking to them; but here again, he is presenting, not the basic physics, but his own personal du about the physics–or perhaps his personal opinion about how the consensus ought to have aukav out.


Thorne’s book was written inwell after Zukav’s original publication of this book, but the historical events leading up to the “golden age” of black hole studies in the ‘s and ‘s were well known when Zukav first published not to mention that he could have done some checking up for the new edition.

The Wu Li masters philosophy is interesting too! He even writes in the introduction that he’s amazed and so pleased with how funny the book is, that it is, in fact, funnier than he is in real life.

The Schwarzschild solution to the Einstein field equation was discovered inand the presence in it of what we now call the “event garry, from which nothing that once passes inside can escape, was known in the ‘s. 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.

Naturally a person who is used to this aspect of the liberal arts will find it irritating when it turns out that science is not like that. I can even think of a few friends I can gift this book This is an amazing book and amazing so, because it revitalized the science training within me! Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing simplified Chinese-language text. It is possible that this is not Zukav’s fault–that he does believe that the philosophy he expounds is necessitated by the findings of quantum mechanics.

If we want to get past Newton, we have to get past that. What we take to be true is what we believe. I particularly liked the chapters related to Einstein’s theories of relativity. To verify the “laws of mechanics”, such local inertial frames are good enough. Shuttling from religion and philosophy I arrived at the door steps of Physics.

It may be very well be true, that everyone lives in Aristotle’s metaphorical cave, seeing shadows of the essence of reality. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Finkelstein’s paper was indeed important in the field, but it could hardly be said to have been the first to “theorize” about black holes that name, incidentally, was coined by Wheeler in the late ‘s.