Fritjof Capra

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Fritjof Capra (born February 1, 1939) is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist, and author of five international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996), and The Hidden Connections (2002). [1] Capra is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He is on the faculty of Schumacher College, and frequently gives management seminars for top executives.


Life and work

Born in Vienna, Austria, Capra attended the University of Vienna where he studied with Werner Heisenberg and later earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1966. He has done research on particle physics and systems theory at the University of Paris (1966–68), the University of California at Santa Cruz (1968–70), the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center(1970), Imperial College, University of London (1971–74), and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California (1975–88). He also taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

He has written popular books on the implications of science, notably The Tao of Physics, subtitled An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism. The Tao of Physics makes an assertion that physics and metaphysics are both inexorably leading to the same knowledge. He is fluent in German, English, French, and Italian.

After touring Germany in the early 1980s, Capra co-wrote a book on Green Politics with ecofeminist author Charlene Spretnak called Green Politics, in 1984.

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