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THE TAO OF PHYSICS Shambhala Publications, Inc. 1123 Spruce Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 0 1975 by Fritjof Capra. All Rights Reserved. ISBN: o-87773-077-6 (cloth) o-87773-078-4 (paper) LCC: 75-10318 Distributed in the United States by Random House, inc. Manufactured in the United States of America THE TAO OF PHYSICS An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Frifjof Capra Shambhala Boulder l 1975 I dedicate this book to Ali Akbar Khan Carlos Castaneda Geoffrey Chew John Coltrane Werner Heisenberg Krishnamurti Liu Hsiu Ch’i Phiroz Mehta Jerry Shesko 8obby Smith Maria Teuff enbach Alan Watts for helping me to find my path and to Jacqueline who has travelled with me on this path most of the time.
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CONTENTS Preface I THE WAY OF PHYSICS 1 Modern Physics-A Path with a Heart? 2 Knowing and Seeing 3 Beyond Language 4 The New Physics II THE WAY OF EASTERN MYSTICISM 5 Hinduism 6 Buddhism 7 Chinese Thought 8 Taoism 9 Z e n III THE PARALLELS 10 The Unity of All Things 11 Beyond the World of Opposites 12 Space-Time 13 The Dynamic Universe 1 4 Emptiness and Form 15 The Cosmic Dance 16 Quark Symmetries-A New Koan! 17 Patterns of Change 18 Interpenetration Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow. Werner Heisenberg PREFACE Five years ago, I had a beautiful experience which set me on a road that has led to the writing of this book. I was sitting by the ocean one late summer afternoon, watching the waves rolling in and feeling the rhythm of my breathing, when I suddenly became aware of my whole environment as being engaged in a gigantic cosmic dance. Being a physicist, I knew that the sand, rocks, water and air around me were made of vibrating molecules and atoms, and that these consisted of particles which interacted with one another by creating and destroying other particles. I knew also that the Earth’s atmosphere was continually bombarded by showers of ‘cosmic rays’, particles of high energy undergoing multiple collisions as they penetrated the air. All this was familiar to me from my research in high-energy physics, but until that moment I had only experienced it through graphs, diagrams and mathematical theories. As I sat on that beach my former experiences came to life; I ‘saw’ cascades of energy coming down from outer space, in which particles were created and destroyed in rhythmic pulses; I ‘saw’ the atoms of the elements and those of my body
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