Particle Physics and Eastern Philosophy

  • F. Capra
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Physica Austriaca book series (FEWBODY, volume 9/1972)


This talk is going to be quite different from the ones given during this school. In the other lectures, the speakers will make you acquainted with some special field of particle physics and they can do so by writing down equations which prove or disprove certain things, or by showing graphs of experimental results. With this talk the situation is much more delicate. I am going to talk about some intuitive insights I had into a surprising and, to me, very fascinating relationship between particle physics and Eastern philosophy.


Particle Physic Nuclear Matter Uncertainty Principle Modern Physic Basic Building Block 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Capra
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentImperial CollegeLondonUK

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