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Retrieved from ” https: 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. 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. Aug 20, Donald rated it it was amazing. Spacecraft en route between planets or other astronomical bodies provide just such frames of reference, and this had been experimentally verified in Also, there are energy-momentum space counterparts to spacetime diagrams where the “space” dimensions are the momenta in each direction and the “time” dimension is energy which make quite clear the relationship between rest mass and the full relativistic energy and momentum of a moving object.

According to quantum mechanics there is no such thing as objectivity. His view of most scientists as lacking imagination is only a reflection of his own lack of knowledge. Currently in physics and this is as true at this writing in as it was when Zukav’s book was originally published in there is no consensus view on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. Oct 11, S.

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How does that make Bohm’s views any more or less correct than they would otherwise be? Since it’s been over 30 years since I read this, it’s time to re-new. Zukav participated as a journalist in a physics conference of eastern and western scientists at Esalen InstituteCalifornia ; and he used the occasion as material maxters his book.

Thus, for example, photons “act as if they know” how an experiment is designed, so photons are conscious. Can never know too much about quantum physics. I read Zukav’s book in the early 80s, and I wasn’t that impressed, though I had no idea that it was this much at odds with mainstream physics. I’m halfway through it now and it’s pointing towards a unification of general relativity with quantum mechanics aka quantum gravitation.


Certainly some physicists do skimp on such things–but as far as I can see from reading what many physicists have written for lay people about what they do, most of them do quite clearly distinguish the facts from their speculations. In art it gwry true that you can define your own reality, at least within the context of your work of art.

The first group prefers explorations which require a precision of logical processes.

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This is an amazing book and amazing so, because it revitalized the science training within me! A technician is a highly trained person whose job is to apply known techniques and principles.

Shuttling from religion and philosophy I arrived at the door steps of Physics. Books by Gary Zukav.

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

The deviations zumav the exact Newtonian predictions due to special and general relativity do not affect the inertial nature of the reference frame of any given spacecraft; they only affect the relationship between its coordinates and those of other inertial frames, such as other garh.

Throwing around vague terms, or terms that can have several significantly different meanings, without defining them precisely may be a common practice in certain types of philosophy, but it isn’t science. It was awarded a U. 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.

Gary’s gentle humor, sensitivity, and deep insights have endeared him to millions of readers and listeners. The distinction he draws may be useful when trying to understand what he calls the communication problem between the two groups what C. He thought this kind of thing was “superficial qu misleading”, at least with regard to the view of quantum mechanics it presented not being an Eastern mystic, he didn’t presume to say how they felt about it.

What science really means in the life of a student and a researcher versus in the ordinary life of a layman, this book completely closes gaps on it! It also brought back horrific, repressed memories of reading The Holographic Universe a book in which the author had absolutely no knowledge of how either holographs or the universe might possibly work.


How dare reality leave us without an answer to our deep question! The old physics assumes that there is an external world which exists apart from us.

So “reality” is just “whatever quality it is that real things have. So when he says that subatomic particles are “conscious” or that he believes in telepathy, it’s that much more frustrating. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I doubt if there is a reputable working physicist who hasn’t had the experience of coming up with a new idea mzsters seems wonderful to them, only to have it unceremoniously trounced by peer review, which is just a shorthand for somebody figuring out that the new idea doesn’t work.

Well, I read this book at the advice of Jeff Sneider who recommended it highly. Made an otherwise complicated subject readily readable for me, even eager for more. There’s little doubt that we do live in a quantum world, but we are insufficiently educated to understand that. Actually, quantum mechanics pretty much says it IS tr Well, I read this book at the advice of Jeff Sneider who recommended it highly.

In describing the “communication problem” between the two lli which I mentioned aboveZukav says that when the idea being communicated finally gets through the haze of apparently complex explanations, it actually turns out to be quite simple. In the interest of the required hyperbole book review demands: Clearly, one of the best resource books for everyone! One of the great virtues of spacetime diagrams is that this becomes visually obvious.

What was the unifying theory behind the whole book? Typical wacko hippie crap disguised poorly as quantum mechanics. However, it is no longer evident whether scientists really discover new things or whether they create them.

May 30, Tirath rated it it was amazing. Jan 07, Mwsters rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s not that I like only precise logical processes; I have already said that scientists need imagination just as much as artists, and I am quite ready to admit that there are things in life, like love, that do not benefit much from logical analysis.