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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195085140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195085143
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are thinking about reading this book then PLEASE consider reading Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" instead. It does a much better job on string theory and it is more current with the latest scoop on the second superstring revolution.
The second half of Hyperspace is light on content. There is a lot of filler. After reading it, I thought that it was because there was not much else in the way of superstring theory advances. Hyperspace is truly outdated because of its '94 print date. The second superstring revolution began in 1995 which means you are missing out on a number of recent advances. Greene's book gives you the full history of string theory plus the most recent work which was much more fufilling.
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By A Customer on June 9 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is simply one of the most engrossing, intelligent, and comprehensible science books I've ever read.
If you are at all interested in cosmology, this is a "must buy".
I cannot elaborate on this wonderful book beyond what the best of its reviewers have already stated.
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By A Customer on June 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a most enjoyable and elucidating science book. The publication affords a painless understanding in its chosen area of theoretical physics. If you wish to have a good general grasp of the spatial dimensions beyond our paltrily perceived three physical dimensions, and want to understand the significance of superstrings, cosmic wormholes, and also gain a decent historical background of such wonders, then you should purchase this engagingly-written book. A definite "must read"!
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Great "pop" physics. Easy to understand mathematical models and imagery help explain to the layman some of the more interesting theories of grand unification. Maybe just a bit dated now, but still very relevant, simply because it uses such casual language that even the most disinterested person might find the material intriguing.
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Hyperspace by Michio Kaku is a very lucidly written account of the multidimensional approach to a unified field theory, of the possibility of parallel universes, of superstring theory of particle physics, and of the future of intelligent life and the fate of the universe. That's quite a feat in 334 pages, but he does a superb job of putting these complex concepts across for the non-math/physics types like myself. I had some difficulty getting through his discussion of superstring theory, of which he is one of the primary architects, but the other aspects of the text were more comprehensible. His style is very conversational, and he often calls upon his own experiences as a student, as a human being, and as a peer with others in the field to illustrate some aspects of his topics. The illustrations, though few, are clear and helpful. The bibliographical entries are a little old for a book written in 1994, many from the late 70s and early 80s. I've read some of the entries in the past and enjoyed most of them. They will definitely give one a thorough background in the recent history of physics and cosmology. I've put several of them on my wish list for later purchase. Notes to the chapters are full of additional historical and explanatory data of interest and are worth taking the time to read.
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By A Customer on Nov. 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
I praise Kaku's lucid literary writing style, but condemn everything else about this popular physics book. Kaku mystifies physics and makes it look like some sort of cult which deals with surreal objects such as "hyper-dimensions" and "warped space" - whatever those things mean to the average person who hasn't completed his PhD in supersymmetry. Reading Kaku's book is similar to reading a science fiction novel or watching an episode of star trek - things that have nothing to do in practice with physics. What ever happened to wondering about why the sky is blue, or how a radio works? Geez ... if you're into mysticism, try this book. If you're into physics, try another.
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By OldSciFiDog on June 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having been seperated from what is happening in Physics for over 30 years and seeing some of the interesting (understatement) stuff my daughter, majoring in physics, was encountering, I decided to find out if I could understand a little about this "thing" called String Theory.
After reading some reviews on Michio Kaku's outrageous title "Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension" I discovered some outrageous stuff.
Michio Kaku presentation is full of history and understandable science even for a wantabescientist like myself (I am an embedded software engineer). I found the historical connections to scientific discovery fascinating (for one of those genius kind of guys, Michio writes an intersting tale of facts and conjecture).
While I was concerned that it may contain mathematics beyond all I have forgotten, I discovered that this was unfounded, as Michio takes the time to decribe everything in terms non-mathematical (yea I know, hard to believe).
In summery, this is not only a good read, it will blow you away. I finshed this book, I read his other book on Hyperspace which is the same subject but from a "maga view" versa "down and dirty?" (by the way it does not matter the order you read these books if you are so inclined).
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