The I Ching and Einstein (易經與愛因斯坦)
Ever since Leibniz discovered the I Ching and wondered at its profoundness, many western scientists have been covertly studying the principles of the I Ching. Einstein was no exception. Prior to the announcement of the Theory of Relativity, scientists were not able to divide nature into matter and energy and recognize their mutual relationship. It is possible that Einstein may have first recognized the fundamental principles of the I Ching, which states that Yin is constantly changing into Yang and Yang to Yin, prior to his creation of E=mc2. This famous formula describes a situation in which energy constantly changes into matter and matter into energy. In western science there exists innumerable principles in physics, chemistry, biology, etc., that cannot be related to one another. In the I Ching, however, there is a single unified theory that applies to all things in the universe. Einstein attempted to create a unified field theory that ties together the four forces (gravity, electromagnetic force, strong and weak nuclear forces) in his latter years. The unified field theory is identical to the unified theory of the Tai Chi in the I Ching, which Einstein attempted to handle in a more profound manner. Nevertheless, Einstein was not able to achieve his objective.
Two paradigm shifts in scientific thought took place during the 20th century. The first paradigm shift was Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity. The second paradigm shift was Quantum Theory, the collective achievement of such giants as Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger, Louis de Broglie, Werner Heisenberg, and Paul Dirac.
It would be easy to understate the far-reaching impact of these two scientific revolutions. Together they completely undermined the Aristotelian/Galilean/Newtonian world view, invalidating two and a half millennia of assumptions about the fundamental nature of reality and how the universe is constituted. In what has to be the ultimate paradox, these cutting edge theories by the finest minds of western science reaffirmed the uncannily accurate mystic intuition of ancient Chinese and Indian sages such as Fu Xi, Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi, and Buddha.
-- Bevin Chu
Explanation: Enlightened Scientists
Illustration(s): Einstein's Unified Field Theory
Author(s): David Lee, Joseph Kim
Affiliation: I Ching
Publication Date: 1992
Original Language: English
Editor: Bevin Chu, Registered Architect