Jay Kamaladasa's Reviews > The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
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Oct 21, 2010

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Is a great intro on modern physics. Covers both relativity and Quantum Physics with great precision and candor, and is recommended for the laymen and beginners of physics. What it does not do however is understand eastern mysticism. The history of Buddhism and taoism is accurate, but the book takes religious literature literally, and not in the metaphoric sense that it should've been taken. With a title like this the book could've easily captured the essence of taoist philosophy rather than going into beliefs, but I guess the author fell into temptation. But it should be said that Capra does account some of better sutra's. Although with the progress that modern neuroscience has had over the past decade into the divided brain and synaptic notion of self, these ancient scriptures could've been appreciated with better vigour and reasoning than this.

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