Theory at Work

Thomas A. Edison

“Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

–Thomas A. Edison




“If Edison needed to find a needle in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where the needle Nikola Teslamight be, but rather would examine every straw, straw after straw like a diligent bee until he found the object of his search. I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 percent of his labor.”

–Nikola Tesla

“That’s fine in practice but what about your theory?”
–Popular tee shirt on
University of Chicago campus


Yogi Berra

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.”
–Yogi Berra


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert M. Pirsig


Robert Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a deep and impressive work that has sold millions of copies and stayed in print in many languages for over twenty years. I read it for the first time when I was about forty years old. It was good to wait until I was ready for it. I am not sure I can recommend the book, but I am glad I experienced it.

Mr. Pirsig presents the story of his search for the roots of deep (more…)

The Web of Life

The Fritjof Caprarenowned author of The Tao of Physics weaves a yet broader tapestry of reality in The Web of Life. Capra’s readable survey goes beyond quantum physics and eastern mystics to encompass biology, consciousness, and the ecology of the entire earth. From chaos and complexity science, through Heidegger and the Systems Thinkers, right up to the Gaia Theory, Capra explains in fascinating detail the key ideas of twentieth-century philosophers and scientists whose insights may be propelling all of us into the post-modern era.

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The Web of Life:

A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems

by Fritoj Capra


Selected excerpts from the book. [My comments in brackets.]

p. 6 A social paradigm, which I define as “a constellation of concepts, values, perceptions, and practices shared by a community, which forms a particular vision of reality that is the basis of the way the community organizes itself.”

The paradigm that is now receding has (more…)