The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

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“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science, but man needs both.” —Fritjof Capra, Ph.D.

Their paths to the truth could not be more different—but the amazing thing is that, in their own ways, the mystics and the scientists are discovering the same truths about our world. In non-technical language, with no complex mathematics or formulae, this thought-provoking program explores the main concepts and theories of modern physics, the revelations coming from particle accelerators and ...

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“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science, but man needs both.” —Fritjof Capra, Ph.D.

Their paths to the truth could not be more different—but the amazing thing is that, in their own ways, the mystics and the scientists are discovering the same truths about our world. In non-technical language, with no complex mathematics or formulae, this thought-provoking program explores the main concepts and theories of modern physics, the revelations coming from particle accelerators and laboratories—and compares them with the ancient tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. In the process, we gain a clear and fascinating picture of how such seemingly disparate areas of thought are ultimately quests for the same kind of understanding.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780877730781
  • Publication date: 1/1/1975
  • Pages: 330

Meet the Author

FRITJOF CAPRA received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna and has written and lectured extensively about the philosophical implications of modern science. He is the author of The Web of Life, The Turning Point and Uncommon Wisdom. Currently a director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, he lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    Interesting

    'The Tao of Physics' delves into the apparent incongruency between Eastern and Western philosophy. This constant incongruency is what makes the two fields so compatible, what one might call complimentary knowledge. But even though it was interesting the writer had a tendency to repeat his ideas constantly throughout the book, continually making the same point over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Wonderful Classic

    Although there are many books in the modern day market that deal with the overlap between eastern mysticism and recent discoveries in physics, this book is a pioneer in this field. Even though it was orignally written a long time ago, I still think it is enlightening and important at this day and age. The originality of the analogies discussed in this book still stands out as one of the best. If you like these types of east meets west books, you will also love 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is a book that relates eastern philosophies to many of modern western psychological theories. It is also quite an amazing piece of work as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Wonderful East meets West book!

    This is an excellent east meets west book! You do not have to be knowledgable in Taoism or Physics to enjoy this. I loved it from beginning to end. A more recent east meets west type of book that has a more practical orientation to everyday life is 'Rhythm, Relationships, and Transcendence' by Toru Sato. It was also pure joy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Hinduism,Zen and modern physics

    Capra's comparitive study on this metaphysical faith, but also brings in aspects of Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism and even jujistu and kendo. It is obvious he is well versed in both theoretical physics and eastern mysticism, and it is refreshing to see a scientist brave enough to step away from the fold and still bring scientific evidence to bear to support his position

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Beyond the language and logical thinking

    I have read 'Tao of Physics' 10 years ago. It helped me to understand and express my own feelings about me, universe, and the connection. 10 years later I find out by chance 'Uncommon Wisdom'. Again, I find out another perspective in his thought (seeing that he was once a hippie): social framework. Now, I decided not to lose contact with his books again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Fascinating

    A wonderful read that I personally didn't put down until I reached the end. Its full of interesting things few realize, and whether or not eastern philosophies appeal to the reader or not, its a very enjoyable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    California physicist finds spirituality in physics

    An interesting and thought provoking exploration of the descriptive parallels between findings of western science about the behavior of particles and the truths revealed in ancient teachings of Far eastern Mysticism ,such as the Vedas and Sutras.Author explores the possibility that the behavior of physics and particles might be understood through deep spiritual practice and reflection.

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