The Tao of Physics by Dr. Fritjof Capra
“An exploration of the parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism”
This book explores the parallels – which in recent years have been noted but never fully discussed – between the underlying concepts of modern physics and the basic ideas of Eastern mysticism. The author gives a clear account, supplemented by diagrams and photographs, of the theories of atomic and subatomic physics, of relativity theory and of astrophysics, up to and including the most recent research, and relates the world view emerging from these theories to the mystical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and the I Ching.
Dr. Capra, himself, a research physicist and experienced lecturer, has a remarkable gift for explaining the complex concepts of physics in terms that the layperson can understand. He takes the reader on a facinating journey to the world of atoms and their constituents, which makes for compelling reading. From his text emerges a picture of the material world, not as a machine made up of a multitude of objects, but as a harmonious “organic” whole whose parts are determined by their inter-relations. The universe of the modern physicist, like that of the Eastern mystic, is engaged in a continuous cosmic dance; it is a system of inseparable, interacting and ever moving components of which the observer is, him-or herself, an integral part; it reflects a reality behind the world of ordinary sense-perception which involves spaces of higher dimensions and transcends ordinary language and logical reasoning.