The Tao of Physics – A book by Fritjof CapraPosted: August 17, 2010
I recently picked up a book entitled “The Tao of Physics,” written by Fritjof Capra but I had no idea what a profound influence this book would have on my view of the world, of the entire universe.
The book is essentially about how the discoveries of modern physics parallel eastern mysticism and the philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. The word “physics” comes from the Greek “physis” which means “the endeavour of seeing the essential nature of all things.” If you’ve ever studied eastern religion that is definitely a central goal. It really shows that science and mysticism can come together and find a common ground in the present day.
Subatomic physics is the study of matter at a level that is invisible to the naked eye, it concerns energy and particles and the forces that build and drive all life. I always used to think that atoms were the smallest unit of matter but then I learned that atoms were made up of particles (subatomic particles), along with their nucleus and electric charges. Subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections. This is a fundamental principle of physics and Buddhism that solidifies the oneness of our entire universe.
“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.” Nagarjuna The Central Philosophy of Buddhism
The Tao of Physics delves into many many scientific theories and philosophies and contains an overwhelming amount of information, but Fritjof Capra does an incredible job of making this information comprehensible. Somebody who claims to be not that great at science would be able to explain the time-space continuum after reading it. If you are interested in science, religion, creation, energy… this universe, you’ll like this book!