I have had this book in my possession off and on over the years, ever since I worked for the author, Frijof Capra, when I lived in Berkeley in the late 70s I only knew then that he was a physicist, not realizing that there was such a thing as quantum physics, which I was not introduced to until 2000 Frijof was a really interesting person, that is, what I knew about him, which wasn t much since I was only his housekeeper Cleaning homes was how I got though college They paid my way, and I could make my own hours.
Seeing his home, I realized that I got the job because I advertised myself as being meticulous Frijof was meticulous And I loved his house It was a brown single one on a lovely street in Berkeley It was obvious that he loved nature His hardwood floors were covered with grass mats that were not easy to clean because you had to vacuum und , science religion spirituality , Hollywood 30.
Well, this is my first one star on good reads, that means this book was even worse than the Third Hunger Games book.
The main reason for the one star is just my complete disappointment in this book I went in to reading The Tao fo Physics expecting to find something that correlated elements of quantum mechanics to the insights of Eastern mysticism and philosophy which I feel was a reasonable expectation However, what I found was an author who not only was dull but founded his correlations on the beliefs of famous physicists and philosophers For a good 1 3 of the book, you, the reader, are submitted to a quote by Einstein or insert another well known physicist name here and then a quote by the Buddha or insert another philosopher, unknown or known here and Capra going, see they are saying the same thing Nothing irks me than this in nonfiction books about physics Not entirely sure how to take this book Will come back to it after updating myself on the latest developments.
Ì The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism ↠´ Eastern philosophy is not a singular concept it consists of many schools of thought some of which the author has conveniently cherry picked and force fit to draw parallels with Quantum Physics.
Truth be told, the book neither has literary merit, nor does it present any groundbreakingly profound idea There is a pretence of the latter, but anyone with half a knowledge of philosophy will see right through it The only merit in the book, if one is to force himself to find one, is to see how an author can paraphrase a simple idea again and again, hiding it under the guise of different metaphors and clothing it in different phrases, and make a whole book out of it To see this, one would have suspend the idea that the author s intent matters at all, and and then appreciate the fact that Fritjof Capra has produced a tribute to Queneau s Exercises in Style, albeit accidentally As a matte I bought this book some 7 years ago, when I was fifteen At the time I was getting increasingly interested in physics, and at the same time Buddhism Unfortunately, I also read another book around this time called What The Bleep Do We Know which turned out to be nothing but quantum woo that is, pretending that quantum mechanics is all kinds of things that it simply isn t I decided that The Tao Of Physics is probably something similar and it s been collecting dust on my shelf ever since Reading this book, though, I realised that this isn t really what this book is Sure, there are legitimate criticisms to be made here For example, some of the similarities are superficial at best The part that really struck me as overly silly is this par This book bridged a major divide in my perception of the world, bringing together ideas of Quantum Physics and Eastern Mysticism Capra, trained in both disciplines, does a fine job comparing quotes and emerging universal perceptions of the early pioneers in quantum physics, against philosophers and yogis of the ancient religions of the East In a beautiful way, you come to discover that each of these disparate disciplines are somehow describing the universe through strikingly similar metaphors Its not too sci techy for the average reader, and further gives a great overview of the major Eastern religions, their early founders and principles they are based off.