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The Tao of Physics Audiobook

The Tao of Physics

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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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    mr 07/12/2016
    mr 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A good listen"

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

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  • reggie p
    PA
    25/02/04
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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.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • John Mettler
    Seattle, WA USA
    17/08/12
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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Boulder, CO United States
    18/03/13
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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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tad
    01/09/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan R. Wallace
    Coastal Carolina
    18/07/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PatchEye
    Popeye, NC United States
    26/06/16
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    "Overly Repetitive, Highly Abridged"

    I kept thinking the kindle was jumping back, replaying parts over. It only serves as a summary, repeated several times with slight variations. I recommend one buy the actual book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    04/05/16
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    "Stop this pop up every time I open this app!"

    Please stop this pop up, I haven't even finished the first chapter. Quite annoying to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samir
    02/05/16
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    "Marvelous experience"

    Experience is beyond the realm of intellect and words will be too short to describe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krush
    20/03/15
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    "Exceptional"

    Very profound and interesting thoughts in this book. It was about time someone wrote about the similarities between science and Eastern mysticism. I am a student of Vedanta, with a fascination for science so this book is the perfect synergy of thoughts of the the two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Hawkins
    Utah
    23/03/15
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    "Almost Offensive Inaccuracies"
    Would you try another book from Fritjof Capra and/or Michael McConnohoi?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some Fantasy or Sci Fi


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael McConnohoi?

    Victor Bevine or Rosalyn Landor


    What character would you cut from The Tao of Physics?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Secular Buddhist and my background is in the sciences (biology, but I know the basics of physics). It seems that the scientific history and concepts explored were accurate enough and the discussion on the size of the atom was really well done. However, the discussion of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism had some serious inaccuracies. I tried to finish this work (because I always try to finish books), but it got to the point where the inaccuracies were almost offensive.

    I had heard so much about this book and was really hoping it would go into further depth with its exploration of the "wibbly wobbly" world of quantum mechanics and how it could correspond to Buddhist (and other) thought. I was deeply disappointed that it stayed at a very basic level (in its talk of science) and that it didn't even properly explain the religions it talked about. It was a huge disappointment. Do not read. Or, at the very least, do not take anything it says about the religions discussed as accurate.

    Finally, the narration had a "droning" quality. It was not the worst narration I've ever heard (that dishonor belongs to Dana Rosenburg), but it wasn't the best either. If the book had been good, though, I would have forgiven it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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