By Gary Zukav
With its particular mix of intensity, readability, and humor that has enchanted thousands, this liked vintage by way of bestselling writer Gary Zukav opens the interesting international of quantum physics to readers with out mathematical or technical history. "Wu Li" is the chinese language word for physics. It potential "patterns of natural energy," however it additionally potential "nonsense," "my way," "I snatch my ideas," and "enlightenment." those pleasing principles body Zukav's evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity concept. Delightfully effortless to learn, The Dancing Wu Li Masters illuminates the compelling powers on the center of all we know.
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This does not mean, of course, that our explanation necessarily will reflect the way that things actually are. We still will not be able to open the watch, as Einstein put it, but every occurrence in the real world (inside the watch) will be accounted for by a corresponding element of our final supertheory. We will have, at last, a theory that is consistent within itself and which explains all observable phenomena. "' This way of thinking runs into quantum mechanics the same way that the car runs into the proverbial brick wall.
The ideas of the new physics, when wholly grasped, can produce extraordinary experiences. The study of relativity theory, for example, can produce the remarkable experience that space and time are only mental constructions! Each of these different experiences is capable of changing us in such ways that we never again are able to view the world as we did before. There is no single "experience" of physics. The experience always is changing. Relativity and quantum mechanics, although generally unknown to nonphysicists, are more than a half century old.
Then physicists developed the technology to observe the effects of atomic phenomena, thereby "proving" that atoms exist. Of course, what they really proved was that the theoretical existence of atoms was the best explanation of the experimental data that anyone could invent at the time. They also proved that atoms are not indivisible, but themselves are made of 20 / WU LI? particles smaller yet, such as electrons, protons, and neutrons These new particles were labeled 'elementary particles" because physicists believed that, at last, they really had discovered the ultimate building blocks of the universe The elementarv particle theory is a recent version of an old Greek idea To understand the theory of elementary particles, imagine a large city made entirely of bricks This citv is filled with buildings of all shapes and sizes Every one of them, and the streets as well, have been constructed with only a few different tvpes of brick If we substitute "universe' for "city" and "particle" for "brick," we have the theory of elementary particles It was the studv of elementary particles that brought physicists nose to nose with the most devastating (to a physicist) discovery Newtonian physics does not work in the realm of the very small* The impact of that earthshakmg discovery still is reshaping our world view Quantum mechanical experiments repeatedly produced results which the physics of Newton could neither predict nor explain Yet, although Newton s physics could not account for phenomena in the microscopic realm, it continued to explain macroscopic phenomena verv well (even though the macroscopic is made of the microscopic)' This was perhaps the most profound discovery of science Newton s laws are based upon observations of the ev eryday world They predict events These events pei tarn to real things like baseballs and bicycles Quantum mechanics is based upon experiments conducted in the subatomic realm It predicts probabilities These probabilities pertain to subatomic phenomena Subatomic phenomena cannot be observed directly None of our senses can detect them * Not only has no one ever seen an atom (much less an electron), no one has ever tasted, touched, heard, or smelled one either Newton's laws depict events which are simple to understand and easy to picture Quantum mechanics depicts the probabilities of phenomena which defy conceptualization and are impossible to visualize Therefore, these phenomena must be understood in a way that is not more difficult than our usual way of understanding, but different from it Do not try to make a complete mental picture of quantum mechanical events * The daik adapted eve can detect a single photon Otherwise onh the effect?