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The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism (3rd ed., expanded)

Capra, Fritjof

 The first edition of this book on mysticism and physics is already a classic. In the preface to this third edition, Capra reminds the reader that as described in the Preface to the first edition, the work originated in an exceptional human experience: a vision physicist Capra had of the cosmic dance of energy, which he also recognized as the Dance of Shiva. In the new preface, he says that "sometimes, while writing The Tao of Physics, I even felt it was being written through me, rather than by me." Its subsequent success with minimal advertising confirms him in this belief. Since writing the book, he has come to view it against the backdrop of the tremendous evolutionary forces that are moving us from a yang to a yin culture. The present edition has been updated by including results of the most recent subatomic physics research not only in the text but in a new chapter at the end entitled "The New Physics Revisited." Capra feels that what science has since discovered only confirms his hypothesis as have the findings of biology, psychology, and other sciences. For those not familiar with the first edition, the book is in three parts. The first consists of four chapters on "The Way of Physics," then five on "The Way of Eastern Mysticism," and a final part, "The Parallels," consisting of nine chapters. The new afterword is in two parts—an afterword to the second edition and one to the third.
Publisher Information:Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1991. 366p. Bibl: 351-354; Chap. bibl: 343-349; 90 figs; 15 illus; Index: 355-366; 3 tables
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