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 most exciting intellectual adventure I’ve been on since reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”—.
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And quantum mechanics certainly does not claim that there is no such thing as objectivity. It isn’t as though physicists sat around working with syllogisms in classical logic to predict sukav behavior of quantum systems.
To ask other readers questions about Dancing Wu Li Mastersplease sign up. 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 what Zukav quotes Bohm as saying is not part of the physics maaters of Bohm’s own theory–it is just Bohm’s personal opinion, even though it is part of a physics lecture. But that was twenty years ago, so why am I writing about it now? He even writes in the introduction that he’s amazed and so pleased with how funny the book is, that it is, in fact, funnier than he is in real life.
This summer, apparently, will be the summer of physics. It is all very confusing to a simple man like me who applies classical logic in those situations where it is warranted. He argues that contradictions are inherent in intellect. It is ironic that while Bohm’s theories are received with some skepticism by most professional physicists, they would find an immediately sympathetic reception among the thousands of people in our culture who have turned their backs on science in their own quest for the ultimate nature of reality.
This is an amazing book and amazing so, because sukav revitalized the gaty training within me! His clarity gets weaker as he starts to go into the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics though.
The interesting twist to this book is how it relates the process that quantum physicists work and come up with theories to eastern philosophies. If we want to get past Newton, we have to get past that.
And Zen is a better introduction to those ideas.
It’s late 70’s LSD references were more of a distraction than helpful, relevant, or ll funny. Oct 03, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: I doubt if there is a reputable working physicist who hasn’t had the experience of coming up with a new idea that seems wonderful to them, only to have it unceremoniously trounced by peer review, which is just a shorthand for somebody figuring out that the new idea doesn’t work.
And the beauty of these theories that most of the stuff can be cultivated in your mind indulging in thought experiments, not in a laboratory if you do not intend to be an experimenting physicist. In one sentence, this book had similar effect on me as far science is concerned, as Sophie’s World had on me for Philosophy. That too in even more weirder and psychedelic ways. Zukav’s apparent belief that quantum logic replacing classical logic is the right way to make progress in quantum physics seems to me to be rather like a belief that giving a heavier screwdriver to a person with a screwdriver is the right way to make progress in driving in nails.
Nevertheless, this is not easy reading at all. First, it portrays as questionable or speculative theories that may have been so in the ‘s and early ‘s, but which were well established by Kip Thorne’s Black Holes and Time Warps gives a good, fairly detailed treatment of this history and puts the Finkelstein paper in its proper perspective.
Be the first to ask a question about Dancing Wu Li Masters. What we look for depends upon what we think. It is true that there were not yet any maxters in the late 19th and early 20th century, when these issues were being debated in physics, but Newtonian physics predicted quite clearly what would be observed in one, and those predictions were correct as far as the inertial nature of the reference frame.
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Zukav seems to believe that most scientists don’t really think for themselves, but just accept what is said by those in authority; yet he quotes the philosophical views of famous physicists with approval, not because he understands the physics well enough to form an opinion, but simply because they’re famous physicists–whereas scientists today are quite ready to say that Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, or any other famous figures were just plain wrong about some things, if that’s what they think.
I can’t even dignify this book with an inclusion on my ‘science’ bookshelf. I should be clear though, this isn’t a book for scientists. Einstein discovered the general theory of relativity, but it was others who discovered solutions to his field equations and figured out how to test them with experiments, and those tests required a high degree of imagination to conceive.
After all, it did flat out equal aspects to Zen koans. 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.
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Everyone understood quite clearly that the non-inertial nature of the Earth as a reference frame was due to its rotation and its gravity, and those effects could be, and were, corrected for in order to verify Newton’s laws of motion. Made an otherwise complicated subject readily readable for me, even eager for more. The mastera theories that made this claim were ether theories, and Zukav’s discussion later in the same chapter makes it clear that ether theories were ruled out by experiment.
But the more important point is mastdrs, whether you think of the dimension of the wave function space or the number of degrees of freedom, it doesn’t change when the wave function collapses. I talked above about Bohm’s pilot wave model and what parts of his views may or may not have been received with skepticism; here I want to talk about all those people who would give his views a sympathetic reception because they’ve turned their backs on science.
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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.
One last thing- don’t be put off by the publication date Is that an uplifting or depressing thought, I am masfers sure. In short, what we experience is tary external reality, but our interaction with it. The Wu Li masters philosophy is interesting too! The fact that Bohm read all of these deep philosophical implications into his theory does not mean they were really there. This fact may be why Zukav states that the wave function before collapse lives in a “theoretically infinite number of dimensions”, but as was noted above, this is true after the collapse as masteers.