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The Tao of Physics

Narrated by: Michael McConnohoi
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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"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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fascinating

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

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Love it. A book that shows a path especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. the reader makes it come alive with clear enunciation and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Highly recommended.

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  • mr
  • 07-12-16

A good listen

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

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  • Rachael
  • 18-03-13

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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  • reggie p
  • 25-02-04

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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  • John Mettler
  • 17-08-12

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.

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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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  • Tad
  • 01-09-16

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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  • jphys
  • 01-03-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

not the whole book<br />

great book but it cut off halfway through. would like a refund or the whole book on audible

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  • Sten Hougaard
  • 29-04-18

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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  • Michael O. Thomas
  • 30-04-20

Very thought provoking.

I believe you must have a reasonable understanding of Physics and Eastern thought to make sense of the book. I don’t agree with some of his conclusions, but it made me think about mine.

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  • Mark Scofield
  • 11-01-20

Amusing anecdotes.

I'm no physicist. Nor am I a mystic. I understand the basics in both fields and hoped to find the commonalities as advertised in the summary. What I found we're introductory inaccuracies and a collection of quotations by known famous intellects that appear to justify the position of this book. I was immediately bored by the narrator's droning and lost the thread of the story several times before giving up. I see this book bolstering the sensibilities of those ignorant of history and science, being faithful only to their established beliefs. Find a new narrator and I might give it another shot.

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  • Lilach Lavy
  • 18-12-19

At Last! A coherent explaination of spirituallity

This book feels like a life changer for me, as it explains so clearly the things i intuited or picked up over 25 years of self exploration and contemplation of spirituality.
It is mostly suitable to those who have both a basic understanding of physics (in a most general sense),
AND also some experience with exploring different spiritual doctrines.
If that describes you- you might be in for a real treat!
The audio performance of the narrator is quite pleasing, it's a perfect book to listen to on audio as the writing is so clear and methodical, and the book is not long.