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 should be clear though, this isn’t a book for scientists.

“The Dancing Wu Li Masters”

Also, there are many quantum systems that have finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces. Still, if you’re interested in the history of physics–from Newton to Einstein to the birth of quantum mechanics–this is the book to read.

What we look for depends upon what we think. Even a spacecraft in orbit about the Earth is a fairly good approximation of such a frame–better than a laboratory at rest on Earth’s surface, which, as Zukav observes, garg non-inertial effects due to the Earth’s rotation the obvious non-inertial effect of the Earth’s gravity can be ignored if only horizontal motion is considered.

Why can’t you teach it? However, all these studies did labor under a conceptual block imposed by the particular coordinate system that Schwarzschild used to describe his solution to Einstein’s equation; what Finkelstein’s paper did was to introduce a new coordinate system dimly previsioned by Eddington that made it much easier to visualize the spacetime structure of the solution, lifting the conceptual block and enabling the flowering of black hole studies in the ‘s and ‘s.

Those people in zukag this gift is especially pronounced, we call geniuses. According to quantum mechanics there is no such thing as objectivity. Front cover of Bantam paperback edition. By my comments so far I have certainly placed myself into the first group, whereas Zukav, by his own admission, belongs to the second.

Wave functions do not exist in the ordinary three-dimensional space that we perceive; they exist in an abstract mathematical space called Hilbert space. No idea can capture “truth” in the sense of that-which-is. Even though the book is published almost 40 years ago, some of the discussions have not changed much.

Etymology aside, Bohm’s physical theory about nonlocality has nothing maeters 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 zhkav “information” such as is studied by information theory.


I understood the concepts and the theories explained. 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! Feb 26, Tepintzin rated it really liked it Shelves: Schrodinger’s revelation Are there particles Is there a difference between the dancer and the dance?

That’s quite a feat. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter The subtle mechanism of knowing the truth does not originate in the brain. It may be very well be true, that everyone lives in Aristotle’s metaphorical cave, seeing shadows of the essence of reality.

But we are only part of nature, not all of it, so there is much of “nature” that is not us, which was there before we were born and will be there after we die–in other words, “there is an external world which exists apart from us”. The reader has to keep in mind that this is by no means a very up to date book and Einstein and his contemporaries star in the jasters more than CERN or Hadrons or Higgs.

On one hand, it was a readable introduction to quantum physics. He even writes in the introduction that he’s amazed and so pleased with how funny the book is, that it is, in fact, wj than he is in real life. I’m halfway through it now and it’s pointing towards a unification of general relativity with quantum mechanics aka quantum gravitation.

But don’t rewrite the history of physics to back up your case, it doesn’t work. Hawking rushes through the history of physics so you really need Zukav as a primer.

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

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. Quantum reality deals in probabilities, not certainties, and phenomena that could be waves or could be quanta or particles, depending on when they are measured.

On the other, it was really snooty about “those close-minded scientists” in a way that really made me angry. A collapsed wave function may have a special mathematical form, but its specialness has nothing to do with reducing the dimension of the space it lives in or the number of degrees of freedom of the system. Eddington discussed it dancign several papers and in his popular work on physics from that time.


What we believe is based upon our perceptions. I began reading Brian Greene’s book but realized that Zukav and Hawking really must come first. It was just that we, with our obsessive propensity to classify and masterw had made the artificial boundaries.

Discovering such a frame would amount to falsifying the principle of relativity. But of course it is, and of course it does use symbols. Gary Zukav has written “the Bible” for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background.

If he did, he wouldn’t have said, after his discussion of Penrose-Terrell rotation which is not bad, but for a better msters 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 clocks or the increase of mass that accompanies moving objects, but the effort, relatively speaking, is young”.

Actually, quantum logic was precisely an effort to construct a symbol system that would “follow the same rules as experience”, or at least the experience of doing experiments in quantum mechanics, and it more or less succeeded in doing that.

For more discussion of the actual scientific content of nonlocality, see the last note in the Postscript below. Oppenheimer and Snyder’s paper was key because it was the first calculation of how what we now call a black hole could form from the gravitational collapse of a sufficiently massive star.

The fact is that most “scientists” are technicians. Zukav did a surprisingly competent job describing physics in laymen terms that it is hard to believe he is not in wi STEM field at all. Jun 04, Ari rated it did not like it. You silly, silly, New Age people, just stop.

His humor is cloying and totally unnecessary. Zukav claims that most scientists lack imagination; yet Zukav’s idea of being imaginative is to view the world through a philosophy that pi thousands of years old–whereas modern science’s idea of being imaginative is to come up with something that nobody has ever thought of before.

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