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“The most exciting intellectual adventure I've been on since reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

Gary Zukav’s timeless, humorous, New York Times bestselling masterpiece, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, is arguably the most widely acclaimed introduction to quantum physics ever written. Scientific American raves: “Zukav is such a skilled expositor, with such an amiable style, that it is hard to imagine a layman who would not find his book enjoyable and informative.” Accessible, edifying, and endlessly entertaining, The Dancing Wu Li Masters is back in a beautiful new edition—and the doors to the fascinating, dazzling, remarkable world of quantum physics are opened to all once again, no previous mathematical or technical expertise required.

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With its unique combination of depth, clarity, and humor that has enchanted millions, this beloved classic by bestselling author Gary Zukav opens the fascinating world of quantum physics to readers with no mathematical or technical background. "Wu Li" is the Chinese phrase for physics. It means "patterns of organic energy," but it also means "nonsense," "my way," "I clutch my ideas," and "enlightenment." These captivating ideas frame Zukav's evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Delightfully easy to read, The Dancing Wu Li Masters illuminates the compelling powers at the core of all we know.

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  • Broché: 416 pages
  • Editeur : HarperOne (27 octobre 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0060959681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060959685
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4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par bernie sur 23 juin 2003
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Oh, my mistake I thought this was stitched together by Frankenstein not Finkelstein (co-author with Zukov). Talk about gluten for punishment I read this twice. I swear the person that wrote this does not have a TV. I noticed that some reviewers refer to the "New Physics" is that like "New Age"?
90% of the matter must be missing from this book. Or how else can he take physics out of context and make such fantastic leaps to religions that he knows little of. He even twists the religion around to serve some unknown purpose.
Many people say they did not understand physics until this book. Surprises, you still do not. You now know what Zukav wished physics was. Take anti-mater for instants that does not mean the opposite of mater. And the relationship between particles has no correlation with the relationship of dogs and cats.
At least get it straight before mixing it up. Try some to these:
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski ISBN: 0316109339
The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran (Editor), Michael N. Nagler (Photographer) ISBN: 0915132397
Or just about any mainstream material on physics and religion.
Then if you still want to mix worlds into one read someone saner:
The Tao of Physics : An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra ISBN: 0877735948
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Join the dance 4 février 2007
Par Sheilah. Bockett - Publié sur
Format: Broché
What a pity the two responses to "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" chosen as "spotlight" reviews are both cynical and derogatory. I hope they don't deter others from reading further. Neither reviewer seemed to grasp the fact that Gary Zukav was not writing about physics: He was writing about mental mastery in the *context* of physics, going to great lengths to explain the implications of "Wu Li." The whole book, in fact, is based on five of the many representations of "Wu Li." Zukav even says in the introduction, "This is not a book about physics or eastern philosophies."

All the same, Zukav checked his facts out with "five of the finest physicists in the world" and footnotes their comments where they "punctuate, illustrate, annotate and jab at everything in the text." What more can you want? Those physicists even allowed themselves to be named, surely professional suicide if Zukav is substantially incorrect - as some reviewers maintain. Zukav also warns the reader that knowledge in physics at the time of writing was set to progress rapidly. What was accepted then would soon be made redundant as more information arose.

I feel really sorry for those who get no joy out of this book. I, for one, will go back to it again and again out of sheer delight. Zukav puts it this way: "Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li masters know they are only dancing with it."

All I can say is that, with this book, I danced too.
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Excellent Introduction to the New Physics 9 mai 2000
Par William M. Rand - Publié sur
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This is one of the most accessible and most fascinating introductions to the new physics that I have ever read. I took a class in Thermodynamics and Modern Physics last summer at a local university and I did not learn a tenth as much as I did from this book. Granted I learned more mathematical details from the class, but this book taught me why what I was learning and doing made sense, which at least for me is far more important. I feel if I went back and took that class over again it would be extremely easy now.
The other wonderful aspect of this book is its constant ties to Eastern Philosophy. This is something that seems to be becoming more and more prevalent in recent years in the sciences. The whole world is becoming more and more interdisciplinary and this book is a fine example of what cross-fertilization can do to inspire new ideas and concepts.
I would highly reccomend this book for any one interested in science even if they are not interested in physics per se. This book provides and excellent analysis of how scientific ideas and conceptions change and incorporate new ideas and new experience. This book is also very relevant from the aspects of philosophy, history, and sociology of science as well since it delves into all three of these aspects at times. Overall an extremely enjoyable and accessible read.
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A very clear explanation of physics for the layman 17 juin 2000
Par Joseph H Pierre - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Unfortunately, the first book by Gary Zukav that I read was 'Seat of the Soul.' That was a mistake. I was disappointed because he offered no background, or justification, or source for his ideas. he simply laid them out pedantically, as fait accompli.

This book is much better. I can see why it achieved critical acclaim. It is a clear attempt to explain physics to the layman in terms that he will understand. It still has some faults, but generally he does an excellent job.

Well, maybe not faults--just misplaced emphasis. For example, he goes on at great length explaining the connection between wavelength and frequency and amplitude, charting them and talking them to death, although they are very simple, easy to understand concepts. He does the same thing with three-dimensional coordinates. But, when he comes to difficult material to grasp, he often slides into incomprehensible language, for example:

"In a quantum mechanical experiment, the observed system, traveling undisturbed between the region of preparation and the region of measurement, develops according to the Schrodinger wave equation. During this time, all of the allowed things that could happen to it unfold as a developing wave function. However, as soon as it interacts with a measuring device (the observing system), one of those possibilities actualizes and the rest cease to exist. The quantum leap is from a multifaceted potentiality to a single actuality." (Page 75).

Pretty turgid prose. What he is talking about is the firing of a photon through a shield with two slits in it, at a wall where the hits were registered. Much of the book could have been written in far simpler terminology, while approximating the activity discussed in more intelligible terms for the layman.

However, that said, Zukav does a good job of explaining some very difficult material. Probably the scientists whom he ran the manuscript by contributed to the confusion by insisting on language more precise than was needed in order to get the ideas across.

He does manage to express the mysteries uncovered by high-energy physicists, and the tendency of quantum mechanics, more and more, to resemble statements made hundreds of years ago by the Eastern mystics.

I recommend this book, and have no difficulty assigning it five stars.

Joseph Pierre,
Author of The Road to Damascus: Our Journey Through Eternity
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Excellent Presentation of Quantum Physics 22 avril 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I am a scientist who has taught physics my entire career, and was really impressed with this book. It was given to me as a Christmas present by my daughter. I did not get to it for a while, but when I did, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I never thought it was possible to explain quantum mechanics without math, but Zukav did it in a marvelous way. I would recomment it to anyone who would love to come into contact with new ideas and concepts. Truly a great book!
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Beautiful and Inspiring fusion of Physics and Philosophy 16 novembre 2000
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Format: Broché
Zukav explains the most complex principles of quantum physics in way that most anyone can understand. He uses metaphors and beautifully written prose instead of complicated, dull, discursive, scientific jargon. Instead of describing this subject from a strictly left brain approach his writing is from a whole brain perspective appealing to both the artist (or in my case musician) and the scientist. He takes physics to the brink of philosophy and beyond in an effort to describe the physics of the universe in spiritual terms. I tried to read _A Brief History of Time_ by Stephen Hawking a few years ago and didn't get past chapter four. After the education I received from Zukav in _Wu Li_, I was able to read and comprehend almost all of _A Brief History of Time_. Give it a try
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