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By Gary Zukav

With its certain blend of intensity, readability, and humor that has enchanted hundreds of thousands, this cherished vintage through bestselling writer Gary Zukav opens the attention-grabbing international of quantum physics to readers without mathematical or technical history. "Wu Li" is the chinese language word for physics. It ability "patterns of natural energy," however it additionally ability "nonsense," "my way," "I grasp my ideas," and "enlightenment." those eye-catching rules body Zukav's evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity conception. Delightfully effortless to learn, The Dancing Wu Li Masters illuminates the compelling powers on the center of all we know.

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In Einstein's words: . . creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting point and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up. Newtonian physics still is applicable to the large-scale world, but it does not work in the subatomic realm.

Languages are useful tools for conveying information, but if we try to communicate experiences with them, they simply do not work. All a language can do is talk about an experience. Wu Li Masters know that a description of an experience is not the experience. It is only talk about it. This is a book about physics. Therefore, all it contains is a description. It cannot contain the experience itself. This does not mean that you will not have the experience of physics by reading it; it only means that if you do, the experience is coming from you, and not from the book.

This way of thinking runs into quantum mechanics the same way that the car runs into the proverbial brick wall. Einstein spent a large portion of his career arguing against quantum mechanics, even though he himself made major contributions to its development. Why did he do this? To ask this question is to stand at the edge of an abyss, still on the solid ground of Newtonian physics, but looking into the void. To answer it is to leap boldly into the new physics. Quantum mechanics forced itself upon the scene at the beginning of this century.

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