Gary Zukav’s timeless, humorous, New York Times bestselling masterpiece, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, is arguably the most widely acclaimed. The Dancing. Wu Li Masters. An Overview of the New Physics. Gary Zukav. A BANTAM NEW AGE BOOK. BANTAM BOOKS. NEW YORK • TORONTO • LONDON. The Dancing Wu Li Masters differs quite a bit from The Holographic Universe, but there is also a lot of . In short, Gary Zukav has written a very good book.

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James Terrell, a physicist, has demonstrated mathematically that this phenomenon is something like a visual illusion, and, in danding, is analogous to a projection of the real world onto the wall of Plato’s cave.

Well, probably saved fo Physics used to be my favourite subject in my pre-engineering career sadly, Engineering did kill that part in me which thought academic study can be someone’s career. Now coming to the very essence of both the theories – Quantum and Relativity, and their proponents, and their agreements ant their discords – everything is more fantastic than fiction. On one hand, it was a readable introduction to quantum physics.

This is the case with all true ideas – so it might be with our vedic and oriental philosophies too. Oct 03, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Far from it, in fact. You will find out things about physics, though there are some elementary misunderstandings and some significant omissions see the Postscript for a few of the biggest ones I spotted ; it is clear, as I mentioned above, that Zukav only talked to a rather narrow group of physicists, and so he missed things that would have become evident had he been more thorough in seeking out viewpoints.

The “basis” of the Hilbert space is more or less analogous to the coordinate axes in ordinary three-dimensional space; we know from ordinary vector analysis that we can describe the same three-dimensional space using different coordinate axes that are rotated or translated relative to each other, without changing any physical predictions the individual coordinates we assign to events will be different, but the actual physical content of our theories will not change.

Zukav claims that most scientists lack imagination; yet Zukav’s msters of being imaginative is to view the world through a philosophy that is thousands of years old–whereas modern science’s idea of being imaginative is to come up with something that nobody has ever thought of before. And quantum mechanics certainly does not claim that there is no such thing as objectivity.

This is not “that-which-is”. I can’t even dignify this book with an inclusion on my ‘science’ bookshelf. Those, I would suggest would be equally happy if they read the first two and the last chapters only. Furthermore, it is contradictory as a statement about the principle of relativity Galilean or otherwise ; the principle of relativity is all about working with inertial frames of reference without having to discover one that is in absolute nonmotion. For some systems, such as a single quantum particle moving in three-dimensional space, the full definition of the Hilbert space can be ignored for some purposes, and the wave function can be thought of as a function that assigns a single number to each point in three-dimensional space–but even then the number is a complex number, which is sort of a “two-dimensional” number all by itself, so saying that the wave function is in three-dimensional space is at best misleading.


National Book Award for Science Paperback Jun 06, Keith Mukai rated it really liked it. May 30, Tirath rated it it was amazing. A brief note on the mathematics of wave functions will help to clarify the problem with Zukav’s exposition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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In short, what we experience is not external reality, but our interaction with it. What he ends up laying out, however, is often what he would like the new physics to say, and what he and a few others, including some physicists, believe the new physics says–but which many other physicists, whom Zukav did not bother asking about the matter, do not believe the new physics says, and which is not by any means required by either the phenomena or the basic theory of the new physics.

At the time of first publication of this bookexperiments had been done the main one being the Clauser experiment which Zukav mentions that were consistent with the predictions of quantum mechanics, but still left some “loopholes” for theorists who were unwilling to accept the full implications.

He talks about S-matrix theory, which was known to have dancibg a number of tests by the ‘s, as though it were still viable, and the main reference work he cites on particle physics dates from It was something to do with “abolition of the aristocracy of particles”, which I must say I didn’t completely get, but you can zukkav how this might appeal.

This book, while difficult in places, does lead me to question my view of reality, which has been purely Newtonian read the book to understand.

It is quite true that classical logic is not a good cancing of rules for symbol manipulation if you are trying to understand quantum behavior; but contrary to what Zukav appears to believe, mathematics is not restricted to any one set of rules for manipulating symbols.

Schrodinger’s revelation Are there particles Is there a difference between the dancer and the dance? He’s too eager to yammer on about particles acting as if they were conscious, ties between quantum mechanics and telepathy, and on and on.

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The theory under discussion is Bohm’s “pilot wave” model of how nonlocality might work, which is not a generally accepted theory, it is true; but the point I am making here is that garyy Zukav quotes Bohm as saying is not part of the physics even of Bohm’s own theory–it is just Bohm’s personal opinion, even though it is part of a physics lecture.


And that very well may be the exact point of the book, I’m aware. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. Since he calls mathematics maaters language, and says that a language “is constructed of symbols”, then it would seem to follow that he doesn’t believe quantum logic is mathematics. Zukav did an excellent job in my humble layman’s opinionof covering the history and evolution of thought in physics AND relating the basics of quantum mechanics in a very logical, relatable, manner.

This is probably as good as a physics-for-the-layman book can get.

Open Preview See a Problem? Sometimes books like this one capture us because we think they will te fairly easy primers, sexed up with lots of gray speculation. Since it’s been over 30 years since I read this, it’s time to re-new.

If such a thing as absolute nonmotion were detected, then a co-ordinate system attached to it would be the long-lost danclng frame of reference, the co-ordinate system in which the classical laws of mechanics are perfectly valid.

Most of this book is review of stuff I learned in my undergrad and a year into my grad, but it was a refreshing reminder of all these amazing discoveries that have just happened in about the last hundred years. Even a spacecraft in orbit about the Earth is a fairly good approximation of such a frame–better than a laboratory at rest on Earth’s surface, which, as Zukav observes, exhibit non-inertial effects due to the Earth’s rotation the obvious non-inertial effect of the Earth’s gravity can be ignored if only horizontal motion is considered.

I’d rate this book right up with Godel, Escher, and Bach. But I just wasn’t interested. This fact may be why Zukav states that the wave function before collapse lives in a lo infinite number dwncing dimensions”, but as was noted above, this is true after the collapse as well.

It is perfectly possible–as the works of many other physicists can attest–to discuss the same phenomena without using such mystical language, so the language is more an artifact of the person using it than a reflection of the reality being described.

Zukav seems to clearly recognize all this earlier danciny the same chapter, and it’s not clear why he suddenly turns around and contradicts it here.