By Gary Zukav
With its distinct blend of intensity, readability, and humor that has enchanted thousands, this cherished vintage by means of bestselling writer Gary Zukav opens the attention-grabbing international of quantum physics to readers with out mathematical or technical history. "Wu Li" is the chinese language word for physics. It ability "patterns of natural energy," however it additionally capability "nonsense," "my way," "I take hold of my ideas," and "enlightenment." those appealing rules body Zukav's evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity conception. Delightfully effortless to learn, The Dancing Wu Li Masters illuminates the compelling powers on the center of all we know.
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Quantum mechanics does not replace Newtonian physics, it includes it. The physics of Newton remains valid within its limits. To say that we have made a major new discovery about nature is one side of a coin. The other side of the coin is to say that we have found the limits of our previous theories. What we actually discover is that the way that we have been looking at nature is no longer comprehensive enough to explain all that we can observe, and we are forced to develop a more inclusive view.
No one had any choice in the matter, except, perhaps, what to call it. A "quantum" is a quantity of something, a specific amount. "Mechanics" is the study of motion. Therefore, "quantum mechanics" is the study of the motion of quantities. Quantum theory says that nature comes in bits and pieces (quanta), and quantum mechanics is the study of this phenomenon. Quantum mechanics does not replace Newtonian physics, it includes it. The physics of Newton remains valid within its limits. To say that we have made a major new discovery about nature is one side of a coin.
Did we create the particles that we are experimenting with? Incredible as it sounds this is a possibility that many physicists recognize John Wheeler, a well-known physicist at Prmceton, wrote EINSTEIN DOESNT LIKE IT / 29 May the universe in some strange sense be brought into being by the participation of those who participate? The vital act is the act of participation Participator is the incontrovertible new concept given by quantum mechanics It strikes down the term observer of classical theory, the man who stands safely behind the thick glass wall and watches what goes on without taking part It can t be done, quantum mechanics says 8 The languages of eastern mystics and western physicists are becoming very similar Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics are partners in a double irony Newtonian phvsics is based upon the idea of laws which govern phenomena and the power inherent in understanding them but it leads to impotence in the face of a Great Machine which is the universe Quantum mechanics is based upon the idea of minimal knowledge of future phenomena (we are limited to knowing probabilities) but it leads to the possibility that our reahtv is what we choose to make it There is another fundamental difference between the old physics and the new physics The old phvsics assumes that there is an external world which exists apart from us It further assumes that we can observe measure and speculate about the external world without changing it According to the old physics the external world is indifferent to us and to our needs Galileo s historical stature stems from his tireless (and successful) efforts to quantify (measure) the phenomena of the external world There is great power inherent in the process of quantification For example once a relationship is discovered like the rate of acceleration of a falling object it matters not who drops the object what object is dropped or where the dropping takes place The results are always the same An experimenter in Italv gets the same results as a Russian experimenter who repeats the experiment a centurv later The results are the same whether the experiment is done bv a skeptic, a believer, or a curious bystander Facts like these convinced philosophers that the physical universe goes unheedmglv on its way doing what it must, without regard for its inhabitants For example, if we simultaneously drop two people from the same height, it is a verifiable 30 / WU LI?
Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav