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Fritjof Capra

The Turning Point, 1982

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Fritjof Capra (born 1 February 1939) is a physicist, systems theorist and author who has been at the forefront of ‘new paradigm’ thinking in society for several decades. After receiving his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna in 1966, Capra did research in particle physics 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 UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Capra has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. His books and films on this subject – most famously, the million-selling Tao of Physics and film Mindwalk – have been acclaimed internationally, and he has lectured widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Capra has been the focus of over 50 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan, and has been featured in major newspapers and magazines internationally. Capra is also founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education and is on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international centre for ecological studies in England.  

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Fritjof Capra: Part 1, The Turning Point and Sustainability

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about The Turning Point and sustainability with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 2, Systems Thinking and Sustainability

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about systems thinking and sustainability with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 3, Holism, Living Systems and Leonardo da Vinci

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about holism, living systems and Leonardo da Vinci with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 4, Climate Change and Systems Thinking

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about climate change and systems thinking with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 5, Economic Growth and China

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about economic growth and China with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 6, Dynamics of Societal Change

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about dynamics of societal change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 7, Leadership

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about leadership with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 8, Systems Thinking for Social Systems

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about systems thinking for social systems with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 9, Systems Thinking and Sustainability for Companies

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about systems thinking and sustainability for companies with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Fritjof Capra: Part 10, Looking to the Future

In this video, Fritjof Capra, author of The Turning Point (1982), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about looking to the future with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 15 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

The Tao of Physics (Shambhala, 1976)

Uncommon Wisdom: Conversations with Remarkable People (Simon & Schuster, 1988)

The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (1996)

The Hidden Connections: Science for Sustainable Living (HarperCollins, 2002)

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance (Doubleday, 2008)

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