Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability

Friday, November 19th, 2004
Dr. Fritjof

Center for Ecoliteracy

In this widely acclaimed film, set on the impressive island-abbey of Mont Saint Michel in France, Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard portray very dissimilar vacationers caught up in a spontaneous and life-affirming sweep of self-expression and new ideas.

MindWalk played in numerous theaters in the United States and has been shown repeatedly on cable television. It had a record run for over two years in a matinee theater in Los Angeles.
Dr. Capra is the author of four international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), and The Web of Life (1996). He coauthored Green Politics (1984), Belonging to the Universe (1991), and EcoManagement (1993), and coedited Steering Business Toward Sustainability (1995). His most recent book, The Hidden Connections, was published in 2002.

Capra also co-wrote the screenplay for Mindwalk (1990), a film based on his books that starred Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard, and was created and directed by his brother, Bernt Capra.

After receiving his Ph.D. 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 U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. 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 on this subject 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. He was the first subject of the BBC's new documentary series "Beautiful Minds" (2002).

Fritjof Capra lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.