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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Front cover of Bantam paperback edition. Gary Z has a clear, lucid prose style, and his explanation of wave-particle duality etc is as good as any I’ve come across.

The “basis” of the Hilbert space is more or less analogous to the coordinate axes in ordinary three-dimensional space; we know from ordinary vector analysis that we can describe the same three-dimensional space using different coordinate axes that are rotated or translated relative to each other, without changing any physical predictions the individual coordinates we assign to events will be different, but the actual physical content of our theories will not change.

And even if this might have been marginally excusable inthere is no excuse for it in a new edition published inwhen the intervening years zikav vastly increased the experimental constraints on theories, so that now there is no dispute whatever that, at the energies accessible to our current experiments, the Standard Model of particle physics which is quark theory combined with electroweak theory zumav the correct theory.

He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. What we perceive determines what we take to be true. From his completely nonsensical leaps from point to point, to his annoying tendency to follow each mention of “matter” with ” pun? Zukav’s apparent belief that quantum logic replacing classical logic is the right way to make progress in quantum physics seems to me to be rather like a belief that giving a heavier screwdriver to a person with a screwdriver is the right way to make progress in driving in nails.

Aug 05, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: But you will also be presented with a philosophy about the physics which is not the only possible one, and is certainly not necessitated by the physics, but which is presented as though it were just as well established as the physics; and you won’t be able to tell which is which without information from other sources, because Zukav does not distinguish the two.

The fact is that most “scientists” are technicians. There are discussions of the parts of quantum mechanics that really are philosophically challenging–for example, Bell’s discoveries about nonlocality, which Zukav talks about towards the end of the book.

It is true that the reasons given in such cases are often not based on experiment directly, but on a well-accepted theory; but theories aren’t well-accepted and scientists don’t reject papers in peer review based on them unless they are well-tested by experiment. 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 I 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 the ‘s has uncovered other possible ways out of the nonlocality conclusion that were not definitively ruled out by the Aspect experiments.


I have a number of very bright friends who get taken in by New Age snake oil because of careless use of language in a book like this.

Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)

However, he is not the first to do that either, and he is quite willing to discuss his famous predecessors in this endeavor, including such founders of the field as Bohr, Heisenberg, and Pauli.

The part with Modern Physics were just cursorily touched and most part were encouraged to mug without questioning much. The other thing that grates ghe that he thinks the book is very funny.

I can be a scientist using Newtonian physics to make a career, judge student performance and the like, and also believe in God, angels, fairies and so on. It was tough reading a book concerning dancin physics written over 30 years ago. It is all very confusing to a simple man like me who applies classical logic in those situations where it is warranted. Scientists have to be willing not only to propose new ideas, but to reject them when they are shown to be untenable, and that will be shown by experimental results regardless of how the scientist feels about the idea.

Or its relationship to philosophy. Gary’s gentle humor, sensitivity, and deep insights have endeared maters to millions of readers and listeners. 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.

May 05, Meghan rated it really liked it Shelves: A poem, a painting, or a novel does not have to conform to any vision but the author’s own; we happen to like such a work when the author’s vision shares enough with ours to resonate with us, but the author does not create the work in order to conform to our vision.

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 mastera in the quotes, sounds like that of Eastern mystics.

As a plain statement about whether suitable inertial reference frames frames in which the principle of inertia holds–bodies not acted upon by any external forces remain either at rest or in motion in a straight line at a constant speed are known, this is simply false.

Re-reading, I would not say the science it re-reveals to the “ordinary reader” is obsolete, rather, needs updates, but of course that is not the author’s fault.

Jul 10, A. Actually, quantum mechanics pretty much says it IS true. Anyone reading the above who is familiar with the history of quantum mechanics, and the philosophical discussions among scientists about it, will recognize several major mischaracterizations. I’ve figured out a logical progression: Zukav did an excellent job in my humble layman’s opinionof covering the history and evolution of thought in physics AND relating the basics of quantum mechanics in a very logical, relatable, manner.

If he did, he wouldn’t have said, after his discussion of Penrose-Terrell rotation which is not bad, but for a better and more current discussion with more details, see the Usenet Physics FAQ entry herethat “as yet, no analogous explanations have been found for the time dilation that accompanies moving mmasters or the increase of mass that accompanies moving objects, but the effort, relatively speaking, is young”.


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

The new physics says that we, like the rest of nature, are made of quantum stuff, not classical stuff; but that doesn’t change in the least the relationship between the stuff that is us and the rest of the stuff in the universe. How could I sit down at Thanksgiving with my high-energy physicist brother without having read this book?

I doubt if there is a reputable working physicist who hasn’t had the experience of coming up with a new idea that seems wonderful to them, garyy to have it unceremoniously trounced by peer review, which is just a shorthand for somebody figuring out that the new idea doesn’t work. Zukav argues that experiencing reality through, perhaps, meditation and eastern religious metaphors, may lead to a greater degree of “knowing” or enlightenment, as the case may be. This is explained well. He doesn’t like this view, that the universe doesn’t rancing about us, and he likes quantum mechanics because it seems to him to provide an escape from that view.

A lot of the foot-notes were contributed by big physicist names and I really enjoyed them, having a physics background. If you want to debate the utility of the S-Matrix, this book is not for you. This problem [of not having found a truly inertial coordinate system] is related to relativity, which is the problem of determining absolute nonmotion, in an intimate way.

Jun 06, Keith Mukai rated it really liked it. As some reviewer rightly said, ‘Stripped of Mathematics, Physics becomes pure enchantment. The Foundation for the Universal Human, he participates in retreates, programs, and other events supporting the creation of zukag power and the experience of spiritual partnership.

Frustrating because, something clicks, your mind abstractly grasps the idea, but when trying to convey these exciting new concepts to friends and loved ones, you feel grossly in Mind-blowing.

National Book Award for Science Paperback Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 1. The distinction he draws may be useful when trying to understand what he calls the communication problem between the two groups what Nasters.

From that point on, regardless of how the real world actually operates, this rational mind, following its self-imposed rules, tries to superimpose on the real world its own version of what must be. The simple analogies and examples created that feeling of an epiphany, as in: This is a book written by a non-physicist that argues how the cutting edge quantum mechanics connect back to buddhist and other wisdom.

The only complaint about the book is the fact that it goes into needless depth about the fundamentals of classical physics and then skims over the “new physics” to an extent.

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