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The Tao of Physics: It was a bestseller in the United States and has been published in 43 editions in 23 languages.

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The fourth edition in English was published in The following excerpt from The Tao of Physics summarizes Capra’s motivation for writing this book. But man needs both. According to the preface of the first edition, reprinted in subsequent editions, Capra struggled to reconcile theoretical physics and Eastern mysticism and was at first “helped on my way by ‘power plants'” or psychedelicswith the first experience “so overwhelming that I burst into tears, at the same time, not unlike Castanedapouring out my impressions to a piece of paper”.

Capra later discussed his ideas with Werner Heisenberg inas he mentioned in the following interview excerpt:. I had several discussions with Heisenberg. I lived in England then [circa ], and I visited him several times in Munich and showed him the whole manuscript chapter by chapter. He was very interested and very open, and he told me something that I think is not known publicly because he never published it.

He said that he was well aware of these parallels.

While he was working on quantum theory he went to India to lecture and was a guest of Tagore. He talked a lot with Tagore about Indian philosophy. Heisenberg told me that these talks had helped him a lot with his work in physics, because they showed him that all these new ideas in quantum physics were in fact not all that crazy.

He realized there was, in fact, a whole culture that subscribed to very similar ideas. Heisenberg said that this was a great help for him. Niels Bohr had a similar experience when he went to China.


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As a result of those influences, Bohr adopted the yin yang symbol as part of his family coat of arms when he was knighted in The Tao of Physics was followed by other books of the same genre like The Hidden ConnectionThe Turning Point and The Web of Life in which Capra extended the argument of how Eastern mysticism and scientific findings of today relate, and how Eastern mysticism might also have answers to some of the biggest scientific challenges of today.

The book was a best seller in the United States.

However, it is not without its critics. It received a positive review from New York magazine:. Lucidly analyzes the tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism to show their striking parallels with the latest discoveries in cyclotrons.

El Tao de La Fisica

Mansfielda professor of physics and astronomy at Colgate University who wrote many papers and books of his own connecting physics to Buddhism and also to Jungian psychology caprz, [2] complimented The Tao of Physics in Physics Today: Where others have failed miserably in trying to unite these seemingly different world views, Capra, a high-energy theorist, has succeeded admirably. I strongly recommend the book to both layman and scientist.

At the heart ftitjof the matter is Mr. Capra’s methodology — his czpra of what seem to me to be accidental similarities of language as if these were somehow evidence of deeply rooted connections. Thus I agree with Capra when he writes, “Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science but man needs both.

Starting with reasonable descriptions of quantum physics, he constructs elaborate extensions, totally bereft se the understanding of how carefully experiment and theory are woven together and how much blood, sweat, and tears go into each painful advance.

Philosopher of science Eric Scerri criticizes both Capra and Zukav and similar fritnof. Peter Woita mathematical physicist at Columbia Universitycriticized Capra for continuing to build his case for physics-mysticism parallels on the bootstrap model of strong-force interactions, long after the Standard Model had become thoroughly accepted by physicists as a better model: The Tao of Physics was completed in Decemberand the implications of the November Revolution one month earlier that led to the dramatic confirmations of the standard-model quantum field theory clearly had not sunk in for Capra like many others at that time.


Fritjot is harder to understand is that the book has now gone through several editions, and in each of them Capra has left intact the now out-of-date physics, including new forewords and afterwords that with a straight face deny what has happened.

The foreword to the second edition of claims, “It has been very gratifying for me that none of these recent developments has invalidated anything I wrote seven years ago. In fact, most of them were anticipated in the original edition,” a cpra far from any relation to the reality that in fapra standard model was nearly universally accepted in the physics community, and the bootstrap theory was a dead idea Even now, Capra’s book, with its nutty denials of what has happened in particle theory, can be found selling well at every major bookstore.

El Tao de la Fisica by Fritjof Capra (1983, Paperback)

The bootstrap philosophy, despite its complete failure as a physical theory, lives on as part of an embarrassing New Age cult, with its followers refusing to acknowledge what has happened. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Tao of Physics Cover of the first edition. Retrieved December 14, Archived from the original on October 9, Retrieved April 13, American Journal of Physics.

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Cover of the first edition.