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Publisher's Summary

"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.

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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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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.

Any additional comments?

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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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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Connecting the spirituel with science

What made the experience of listening to The Tao of Physics the most enjoyable?

The content. The quality of the sound is not up to date, but not an issue.

What did you like best about this story?

The open minded way that both spiritual and science is talked about.

What does Michael McConnohoi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I feel that he actually likes the content.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be open - everything is connected, even spiritualism and science.

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Deep but understandable

Deep but understandable. It satisfied my curiosity about the topic and also made me feel how little I know and little I really need to know to “perceive” the nature of everything.

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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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  • Lianne Drummond
  • 06-15-18

fascinating

I loved this. He explained very complex notions in a simple way. I highly recommend this book

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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.