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Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions Hardcover – Aug 18 2005


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (Aug. 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060531088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060531089
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive as any idea can be. Indeed, although Harvard physicist Randall does a very nice job of explaining—often deftly through the use of creative analogies—how our universe may have many unseen dimensions, readers' heads are likely to be swimming by the end of the book. Randall works hard to make her astoundingly complex material understandable, providing a great deal of background for recent advances in string and supersymmetry theory. As coauthor of the two most important scientific papers on this topic, she's ideally suited to popularize the idea. What is absolutely clear is that physicists simply do not yet know if there are extra dimensions a fraction of a millimeter in size, dimensions of infinite size or only the dimensions we see. What's also clear is that the large hadron collider, the world's most powerful tool for studying subatomic particles, is likely to provide information permitting scientists to differentiate among these ideas soon after it begins operation in Switzerland in 2007. Randall brings much of the excitement of her field to life as she describes her quest to understand the structure of the universe. B&w illus.
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A theoretical physicist who specializes in the so-called standard model of particle physics, Randall explains the particles and forces depicted in that model, and where the model fails as a picture of the real subatomic world. (For example, it does not explain gravity's weakness compared with electromagnetism and the weak and strong nuclear forces.) Randall's renown among physicists derives from her proposed solutions to deficiencies in the standard model, which, unlike some of the outre propositions of string theory, can be experimentally tested. That she borrows from string theory the concept of "branes" will be of high interest to science readers, for if vindicated by results from particle accelerators, she will have discovered evidence that extra dimensions are real places that gravity leaks into, an achievement that would seem to be Nobel Prize territory. Randall writes as clearly as possible, but in order to follow her text, readers will need to persevere; those who attentively do can consider themselves inducted into the fifth dimension. Gilbert Taylor
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bernie lock on March 13 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read numerous books on the topic of cosmology, lee smolin, brian greene plus numerous others, I put this book at the top, two reasons, first, well structured, great summary notes at the end of each chapter, second, Lisa's ability to explain complicated concepts in relatively simple terms, makes the reading really enjoyable
Strongly recommend to anyone who wants understand the latest inroads to understanding our universe.
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I found this book both fascinating and challenging. I recommand it to anyone who is willing to take the time to understand the subject - it goes further into the details than some previous books I'd read (mostly from Stephen Hawking). As such, it required more concentration but rewards such efforts very well.

Its first sections describe established science regarding relativity and quantum mechanics. Though I'd already read about the basics of quantum mechanics before, it's such a bizarre field that I find additional and different explanations to be invaluable. It went deeper into the details than what I was used to, for instance giving a more satisfying explanation of the weak and strong nuclear forces than I'd ever read.

These sections prepare us for the heart of the subject : the big problems to solve in contemporary physics and the multi-dimensional models which aim to solve them. This required even more concentration to follow, but I was glad to have gone along Lisa's journey. They are certainly intriguing ideas, and I will be excited to find out if any of them are proven in experiments. This is a truly great book.
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By Raymond Huot on Dec 27 2013
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It is a book not for the avrage reader. You have to be determined and minded but there a lot of information about he news physics theory and there is a real effort for the author to explain it not mathematical term the complexity of the universe. A reference and a vision in the future.
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Expands you mind.............a complex subject written for the average person. Makes you think about the world around you in a new way. Would recommend to anyone interested in the mysteries of our world.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on Nov. 14 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Randall unravels the mysteries of string theory. To make sense out of string theory, the understanding of how this theory behave's at a strong coupling, which is by now well-established, first came as quite a surprise. One possibility, stated Randall, is that the extra dimensions are rolled-up into sizes so incredibly minuscule that they cannot be measured. nother possibility, proposed by Randall and her colleagues was, an infinite extra dimension that blends in with the others except at a very compact scale. The five-dimensional theory was born, and could answer questions that had tormented physicists since Einstein. Why is gravity so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of physics? Randall explains that much of the gravity field leaks away into another realm, via the extra dimension. Lisa Randall explanations of extra dimensional cosmology give's us this new 11-dimensional phase of string theory, and the various dualities between string theories. Lisa Randall is a leading theoretical physicist, and through her book, we're led to the very exciting prospect that there is only a single fundamental underlying theory. There are additional dualities that arise when more dimensions are consolidated, which Randall discusses only briefly. Lisa Randall is one of the leading experts in the field of string theory. As well as a professor at Harvard for theoretical physics. And though her research may be controversial at times, Randall does know what she is talking about. I recommend this book as a good read.
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