The Quantasia Library

The Tao of Physics

Claudia Vece – 12 January 2022

Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated “building blocks,” but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way.

Fritjof Capra

In this volume Capra analyzes the analogies between the relativistic and quantum theories of modern physics, and the Eastern religious philosophies, including Hinduism, Mahāyāna Buddhism, and in particular Taoism and Zen.

Capra considers it significant how, through completely different experiences, Physics, through rational and codified empiricism, and Eastern religious philosophy, through meditation and extra-sensory experience, reach abstract conclusions and considerations, based on principles of analogy. conceptual, very similar.

The resulting “world” view 

which would unite relativistic and quantum physics with Eastern religious philosophies, is completely different from the mechanistic view deriving from Newton.

Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the first time back in 1975. This special edition celebrates the 35th anniversary of this first Shambhala bestseller that has become a classic.

It includes a new foreword by the author, reflecting on further discoveries and developments that have occurred in the years since the book’s original publication.

Dr. Capra says that physicists don’t need mysticism and that mystics don’t need physics, but humanity needs both. It is a message of timeless importance.

Fritjof Capra

(born February 1, 1939) is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist.[2] In 1995, he became a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He is on the faculty of Schumacher College.

Capra is the author of several books, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002) and The Systems View of Life (2014).

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