The Tao of Physics

  • by Fritjof Capra
  • Narrated by Michael McConnohoi
  • 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- reggie p

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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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- John Mettler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2000
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio