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Turning Point (Flamingo)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2005
I have no experience of particle physics, being an ordinary lay man not involved with any intellectual mathematics. However Capra's books point to the Buddhist view of contemplating the extremes as "posts" for understanding the relationships to the whole, from the relativistic view of the each observer.. For that I thank deadflower47 from Leeds, for his view and would appreciate further comment from him to enhance my own "enlightenment". Capra's books are clear and easy to understand and have helped me to understand questions I have had with Eastern teachings over the years. However if Physics is not your "Cup of tea" read someone else's experience of enlightenment to find your "Tao".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
Turning Point (Flamingo)Be aware that this book is a republication of a 1983 edition by Flamingo and therefore the economics and world state as put forward by Capra may have been good at that time but are now seriously out of date. Unless you are interested in comparing what he thought and what has happened in the intervening decades I would look elsewhere.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2001
As a graduate Engineer, I had the benefit of a classic reductionist education and instinctively looked for solutions to complex problems in simple "piecemeal" fixes. When my girlfriend Emily (an Environmental Scientist) insisted that I read this book, little did I know that it would set in motion a course of events that would lead to a change of job, outlook and attitude.
Fritjof explained why my work always failed and encouraged my latent interest in the human and systematic elements of complex problems.
Mid-way through a major improvement project, I had to re-evaluate my whole approach and eventaully conceived a comprehensive systemic solution which, unfortunately, went down like a lead brick with my old-school employers who clearly thought I had gone mad when I presented my "holistic plan". Never mind, I left that job and moved into Quality Systems where I found a natural home for an holistic view and have become much more successful in my career.
"The Turning Point" really was just that for me and empowers the reader to look much more clearly at all accepted wisdom with a cynical eye. If you have long suspected that our esteemed scientific community have got it wrong and that wisdom relies on a balanced view of the logical and the intuitive - read it.
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on 27 May 2014
When it was first published in the UK in 1982, 'The Turning Point', I remember that Fritjof Capra's critique of influence of Cartesian-Newtonian thought on the Western Way of Life in the 'Turning Point' caused quite a stir. The author also presented a powerful new vision of reality based a holistic paradigm or world view that he argues is emerging from the new physics. I am currently in the process of re-reading his comments on such areas as science, medicine and economics and, although dated, they seem, in many instances, just as relevant today; nothing much seems to have shifted in mainstream conservative attitudes in some 30 years. I recommend reading this book in conjunction with his recent offering: 'The Systems View of Life':The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Visionto gain a comprehensive understanding of Capra's ideas and immense contribution that he has made to offering viable solutions to the serious problems that still confront mankind this century. They're not going away.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2005
I have no experience of particle physics, being an ordinary lay man not involved with any intellectual mathematics. However Capra's books point to the Buddhist view of contemplating the extremes as "posts" for understanding the relationships to the whole, from the relativistic view of the each observer. For that I thank deadflower47 from Leeds, for his view and would appreciate further comment from him to enhance my own "enlightenment". Capra's books are clear and easy to understand and have helped me to understand questions I have had with Eastern teachings over the years. However if Physics is not your "Cup of tea" read someone else's experience of enlightenment to find your "Tao".
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on 2 June 2014
great book, great ideas. Fritjof Capra is a great thinker, well worth a read if you have an open mind.
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on 18 February 2015
brilliant book, great service
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13 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2003
Capra's book tries to tie the concepts of theoretical physics to his view that the world is undergoing a vague ecological and spiritual transformation. The result is a complete swindle and despite the author's Phd he seems to misunderstand some of the basics of quantum physics, twisting them out of shape to present absurd, sensationalist conclusions. Current uncertainty as to the implications of theoretical physics has been exploited to try to justify a ludicrous epistemic free-for-all.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2012
While I received this book, it was the pre-published version. It looked nothing like it was advertised and had lots of editing notes inside. T be honest, it put me off reading it.
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