A Science for Sustainable Living, New York: Anchor Books, 2004
The Hidden Connections is perhaps the most lucid of Capra’s books. This being said, I could well imagine that if you begin reading Capra with the present book, without reading his previous books first, you might get stuck somewhere in the midst of it—simply because you lack out on essential information that is contained in Capra’s earlier books.
At the very onset of The Hidden Connections, Capra reveals an important detail about himself and his unusual development as a scientist:
My extension of the systems approach to the social domain explicitly includes the material world. This is unusual, because traditionally social scientists have not been very interested in the world of matter. Our academic disciplines have been organized in such a way that the natural sciences deal with material structures while the social sciences deal with social structures, which are understood to be, essentially, rules of behavior. In the future, this strict division will no longer be possible, because the key challenge of this new century—for social scientists, natural scientists and everybody else—will be to build ecologically sustainable communities, designed in such a way that their technologies and social institutions—their material and social structures—do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life./xix