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"Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs them both." These are the words of Fritjof Capra, a theoretical physicist, systems theorist, writer, and lecturer. In this program, Capra uses non-technical language, with no complex mathematics of formulae, to explore the main concepts and theories of modern physics, the revelations coming from particle accelerators and laboratories - and compares them with the ancient tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. In the process, the listener gains a clear and fascinating picture of how such seemingly disparate areas of thought are ultimately quests for the same kind of understanding.
©1975, 1983, 1991, 1999 Fritjof Capra (P)1990 Audio Renaissance Tapes, a Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.

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very intriguing

This was a very intriguing discussion integrating modern concepts in physics with ancient eastern philosophies. The author talked about some of the differences between eastern and western thought, particularly how eastern thinking is more open to the intuitive/spiritual nature of things while western thinking relies heavily on rational thinking. He showed how ancient eastern beliefs are being revealed in recent discoveries in quantum mechanics. I am a believer in the web of life, the interconnectedness of everything, and thoroughly enjoyed how the author fit everything together.

The book was very understandable for the lay person and the narration was well done too for such a difficult topic. I look forward to listening to the author?s other audible book, The Web of Life.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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The Tao of Physics

What did you like best about The Tao of Physics? What did you like least?

A clear and concise introduction to quantum physics.

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Unfortunately this recording is a transcription of the cassette tapes which came out with all the noise associated with it. It would have been better to have rerecorded this abridged version of the book or to have digitally washed it to improve the sound quality. Now to the abridgment. I read the book when it first came out and found it very informative, clearly written, and easy to understand. The abridgment cuts way to much out of the original narrative in an apparent effort to reach the widest audience possible. An unabridged version would be appreciated.

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  • Rachael
  • Boulder, CO United States
  • 03-18-13

NOT WHAT IS ADVERTISED!!!!

This is not the "Tao of Physics" it is simply a narrated summary of the book with "selected excerpts". If you want the reader's digest cliff notes this is it. But it is not the real book.

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Redub of an Older Recording, Brilliant Content

This is a Redub from older tape, audible compression artifacts and "turn tape over" messages.

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A must for seekers of Truth but also Rational

Amazing book for truth seekers, a glimpse of how religion (Eastern) and science merge ... This book is probably the beginning of correcting the myth looking at universe given by Newton and followed scientists...

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Complex science subject and some of eastern story

Quality and narration are ok but the subject being complex makes it harder to listen. Good overall length and diversity of views.

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good book on metaphysics

good read for guy with rational/engineering thinking to understand modern meta physical view.. ultimate reality is explained well

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disappointing at best

As a mindfulness practitioner and physicist, I can say with confidence that the author has no clue about either. I could not bear to finish this audiobook. in addition the sound quality is terrible

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Comprehensive!

This book is understandable even in it's discussion of physics and is so skillful in interweaving physics and mystical knowledge; it is a backbone in my library of delving into ancient and truth seeking works.

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Foundational principles of Eco-Psychology

Tao is the fundamental study of the environment and our place within it. This text is an excellent resource for understanding the iinter-relationship between the universe and consciousness.

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  • mr
  • 12-07-16

A good listen

It was clearly spoken. Easy enough to understand for the non physicist, and not long. I feel educated by the experience.