The Dancing Wu Li Masters

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The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics
The Dancing Wu Li Masters cover.jpg
Front cover of Bantam paperback edition
Author Gary Zukav
Country United States
Language English
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
March 1979
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 352
ISBN 0-688-03402-0
OCLC 4493031
Dewey Decimal 530.1/2
LC Class QC173.98 .Z84

The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav is a popular new age book about mysticist interpretations of quantum physics, first published in 1979. It was awarded a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in category Science.[1][a]

The toneless pinyin phrase Wu Li in the title is most accurately rendered 物理 in hanzi, one Chinese translation of the word "physics" in the light of the book's subject matter. This becomes somewhat of a pun as there are many other Chinese characters that could be rendered as "wu li" in atonal pinyin, and chapters of the book are each titled with alternative translations of Wu Li, such as "Nonsense", "My Way" and "I Clutch My Ideas".

The author participated as a journalist in a 1976 physics conference of eastern and western scientists at Esalen Institute, California; and he used the occasion as material for his book. At the conference, it was said that the Chinese term for physics is 'Wu Li', or "patterns of organic energy." Zukav, among others, conceptualized 'physics' as the dance of the Wu Li Masters – teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further:

The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter...[2]

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  1. ^ This was the award for paperback Science.
    From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual awards for hardcover and paperback books in many categories, including several nonfiction subcategories. Most paperback award-winners were reprints of earlier works; this one was eligible for both awards as a new book.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1980". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ Curtin, Mary Ellen. "Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com Review. Retrieved 16 October 2012. "This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."