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The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra
published by Bantam Books
© 1975 by Fritjof Capra


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From Book News, Inc.
The seventies best-seller tying East (Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism) and West (science, namely physics) here includes a new preface and an afterword in which the author reviews the developments of the 25 years since the book's first publication, discusses criticisms of the book, and examines the possibilities for a new world view. Capra received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna and is the founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California.

From Amazon.com
First published in 1975, The Tao of Physics rode the wave of fascination in exotic East Asian philosophies. Decades later, it still stands up to scrutiny, explicating not only Eastern philosophies but also how modern physics forces us into conceptions that have remarkable parallels. Covering over 3,000 years of widely divergent traditions across Asia, Capra can't help but blur lines in his generalizations. But the big picture is enough to see the value in them of experiential knowledge, the limits of objectivity, the absence of foundational matter, the interrelation of all things and events, and the fact that process is primary, not things. Capra finds the same notions in modern physics. Those approaching Eastern thought from a background of Western science will find reliable introductions here to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism and learn how commonalities among these systems of thought can offer a sort of philosophical underpinning for modern science. And those approaching modern physics from a background in Eastern mysticism will find precise yet comprehensible descriptions of a Western science that may reinvigorate a hope in the positive potential of scientific knowledge. Whatever your background, The Tao of Physics is a brilliant essay on the meeting of East and West, and on the invaluable possibilities that such a union promises. --Brian Bruya

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