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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension Hardcover – Mar 1 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Since ingesting Einstein's relativity theory 50 years ago, physics fell down a quantum rabbit hole and, ever since, physicists' reports to the world of popular science have been curiouser and curiouser. This version, from the author of the graduate text Quantum Field Theory , is very curious as he delineates the "delicious contradictions" of the quantum revolution: that the new paradigms of subatomic matter require the existence of "hyperspace," an ultimate universe of many dimensions, to accomodate their mostly mathematical behaviors. Unified field theory as it is currently understood does not preclude any of the hypotheses that Kaku invites to this Mad Hatter's Theory Party: superstrings, parallel universes and, his centerpiece, time travel. Although occasionally facile, Kaku remains on solid theoretical ground up to the point of his untestable hypotheses, which lead to his more abstract arguments. In the past decade particle physics has lurched to astonishing contradictions and Kaku's adventurous, tantalizing book should not be penalized for promising more than present technology can test. His intellectual perceptions will thrill lay readers, SF fans and the physics-literate. Illustrations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
With erudition and wisdom, Kaku (physics, CUNY) has written a fascinating overview of the major scientists, discoveries, and ideas involved in an ongoing quest for synthesizing quantum mechanics and relativity physics into a superstring theory of our entire universe (unifying gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces). His clear and concise exposition in cosmology explores many topics, ranging from subatomic particles (e.g., quarks and leptons), exobiology, and black holes to wormholes, time travel, and other universes. Kaku stresses that modern physics still needs a more powerful topology mathematics in order to understand completely our expanding and evolving cosmos. Of value for both specialists and general readers, Hyperspace is an engaging and intriguing book. Highly recommended for all science collections in academic and public libraries.
- James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
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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This is simply one of the most engrossing, intelligent, and comprehensible science books I've ever read. Read morePublished on June 9 2003
This is a most enjoyable and elucidating science book. The publication affords a painless understanding in its chosen area of theoretical physics. Read morePublished on June 8 2003
Great "pop" physics. Easy to understand mathematical models and imagery help explain to the layman some of the more interesting theories of grand unification. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Peter Barney
I praise Kaku's lucid literary writing style, but condemn everything else about this popular physics book. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2001
Fabulous book. It plainly explains theoretical physics of the higher dimensional type. Another good book if you like this one is the Elegant Universe by Brian GreenePublished on Jan. 21 2001 by C. Doke
It almost looks open-minded. Michio Kaku has pulled off a superb piece of multidimensional propaganda for a ``state-of-the-art`` academic ``science`` in urgent dead need for... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 1999
This book does a great job of summarizing the complexities of superstring theory and its history in a way that is easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on July 8 1999
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