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The Trippin’ Quantum Dance

The Dancing Wu Li MastersThe Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The happiest thought I take out of this book is the fact that science is no longer taking a direction opposite to that of religion, philosophy or spirituality – all the noblest endeavors of mankind were fundamentally tied together after all. It was just that we with our obsessive propensity to classify and divide had made the artificial boundaries.

The only complaint about the book is the fact that it goes into needless depth about the fundamental classical physics and then skims over the “new physics” to an extent. Also, Zukav seems to feel that repeating an idea or concept three times is the best way to convey it to the lay person.

Except for these peeves, it was magnificent to look at Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg etc not as scientists discussing theories and experiments but as philosophers arguing over the nature of reality and mysticism.

The reader has to keep in mind that this is by no means a very up to date book and Einstein and his contemporaries star in the narrative more than CERN or Hadrons or Higgs. But this does not take away the fact that the new theories, though radically departed from what was “new physics” at the time of publishing of this book, still corroborates his base arguments. That too in even more weirder and psychedelic ways.

The more I read in the realm of new physics, the more I am convinced that all truly fundamental scientific theories tend to follow a life cycle – rejection, ridicule, incredulity, acceptance, dogmatism, degeneration, overthrowal, and finally resurrection. This is the case with all true ideas – so it might be with our vedic and oriental philosophies too. The physics classes and laboratories of this century might have meditation lessons and yogic experiments…

Science might finally grow up enough to explain to lay people what only mystics and yogis could experience – we might finally evolve the language and the concepts to explain and understand the structure of the universe without experiencing it – we might know nirvana without feeling it. Is that an uplifting or depressing thought, I am not sure.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Book Reviews, Books, Thoughts

 

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