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The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

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ISBN13: 9780307278128
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In the first chapter of The Hidden Reality, Brian Greene writes, "There was a time when 'universe' meant 'all there is.' Everything. The whole shebang." Well, those days are over. From string theory to the Inflationary Multiverse scenario to artificial universes (yes, you read that right: our potential to create new universes), Greene's thought-provoking new book encapsulates the major theories that go along with proving (or disproving) the existence of worlds beyond our own. The beauty of Greene is his talent for presenting such esoteric material in a package accessible to those of us unfamiliar with the details of Einstein's cosmological constant or the many layers of a braneworld scenario. Highly recommended.
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos: his most thrilling and accessible book to date — a state-of-the-art tour of the cutting-edge science that is changing the way we see our world.

In recent years, a growing body of work — based on the principles of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory — has been steadily converging around a proposal that our universe is actually only one of many universes. In fact, research supports a number of different models of parallel universes in which our world appears: for instance, as one of many “bubbles” in a rapidly growing bath of universes, or as one of numerous cosmic slabs separated from one another through additional spatial dimensions.

Brian Greene, with his trademark impartiality, crystal-clear prose, and inspired use of analogy, opens up the strange worlds of the “multiverse,” taking us on a journey grounded firmly in science, and limited only by our ima ginations.

Review:

"'There was a time when "universe" meant "all there is,"' writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos. A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology. Greene's book The Elegant Universe explained late 20th-century efforts to find a unified theory of everything, culminating with string theory. But string theory opened up a new can of worms, hinting at the possible existence of multiple universes and other strange entities. The possibility of other universes existing alongside our own like holes in 'a gigantic block of Swiss cheese' seems more likely every day. Beginning with relativity theory, the Big Bang, and our expanding universe, Greene introduces first the mind-blowing multiplicity of forms those parallel universes might take, from patchwork quilts or stretchy 'branes' to landscapes and holograms riddled with black holes. With his inspired analogies starring everyone from South Park's Eric Cartman to Ms. Pac-Man and a can of Pringles, Greene presents a lucid, intriguing, and triumphantly understandable state-of-the-art look at the universe. Illus. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"It's exciting and rewarding to read [Greene] even when the process is a struggle. This book is significantly more difficult than his earlier ones, but it still captures and engages the imagination." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[Greene's] accounts...provide lucid explanations that will satisfy a lay audience....The latest cosmological discoveries and speculations, directed at a popular audience but definitely not oversimplified." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most thrilling and accessible book to date — a state-of-the-art tour of the cutting-edge science that is changing the way we see our world.

Synopsis:

The first complete biography of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory that has given us black holes, dark energy, and modern cosmology.

Synopsis:

“It’s been a heck of a century for relativity, and The Perfect Theory is a perfect guide for this most beloved branch of modern physics.” — Wall Street Journal

Einstein’s theory of general relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For almost a century now, physicists have been delving into Einstein's theory, seeking an understanding of the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies. The expanding universe, the light speed barrier, black holes, wormholes, time travel — general relativity has allowed scientists’ imaginations to take flight with new possibilities, revealing a universe that is much stranger than anyone ever expected.

Arriving in time for the theory’s hundred-year anniversary, physicist Pedro Ferreira’s The Perfect Theory explains just how staggering an achievement that theory was while bringing to life the infighting that the theory sparked in the field of physics over the past century.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?

There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each.

Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? The Hidden Reality is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.

About the Author

Brian Greene received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is highly regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a Peabody Award-winning PBS series, a national best seller, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; his second bestselling book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, is also currently in production as a PBS series. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.

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Bookaholic, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Bookaholic)
The Hidden Reality by Brian Grteene is one of my favorite books I have read in a long time. This book discusses multiple universe theories and discusses the science and math behind them. Infinite universes, infinite yous and infinite me's...and he explains in laypersons terms how current mathematical science hold that these ideas could very well exist. Exciting stuff, and REALLY makes you think. This book is informative, interesting, and few books make me keep coming back to them the way this one has. Greene has a gift of explaining heavy science and math in easy to understand examples and never seems to be talking down to you. He's like the next Carl Sagan. Excited about what he's saying, and eager to share current scientific theories. Do yourself a favor and read this one!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307278128
Author:
Greene, Brian
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Ferreira, Pedro G.
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Relativity
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
119 ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In the first chapter of The Hidden Reality, Brian Greene writes, "There was a time when 'universe' meant 'all there is.' Everything. The whole shebang." Well, those days are over. From string theory to the Inflationary Multiverse scenario to artificial universes (yes, you read that right: our potential to create new universes), Greene's thought-provoking new book encapsulates the major theories that go along with proving (or disproving) the existence of worlds beyond our own. The beauty of Greene is his talent for presenting such esoteric material in a package accessible to those of us unfamiliar with the details of Einstein's cosmological constant or the many layers of a braneworld scenario. Highly recommended.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'There was a time when "universe" meant "all there is,"' writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos. A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology. Greene's book The Elegant Universe explained late 20th-century efforts to find a unified theory of everything, culminating with string theory. But string theory opened up a new can of worms, hinting at the possible existence of multiple universes and other strange entities. The possibility of other universes existing alongside our own like holes in 'a gigantic block of Swiss cheese' seems more likely every day. Beginning with relativity theory, the Big Bang, and our expanding universe, Greene introduces first the mind-blowing multiplicity of forms those parallel universes might take, from patchwork quilts or stretchy 'branes' to landscapes and holograms riddled with black holes. With his inspired analogies starring everyone from South Park's Eric Cartman to Ms. Pac-Man and a can of Pringles, Greene presents a lucid, intriguing, and triumphantly understandable state-of-the-art look at the universe. Illus. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "It's exciting and rewarding to read [Greene] even when the process is a struggle. This book is significantly more difficult than his earlier ones, but it still captures and engages the imagination."
"Review" by , "[Greene's] accounts...provide lucid explanations that will satisfy a lay audience....The latest cosmological discoveries and speculations, directed at a popular audience but definitely not oversimplified."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most thrilling and accessible book to date — a state-of-the-art tour of the cutting-edge science that is changing the way we see our world.
"Synopsis" by ,

The first complete biography of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory that has given us black holes, dark energy, and modern cosmology.

"Synopsis" by ,

“It’s been a heck of a century for relativity, and The Perfect Theory is a perfect guide for this most beloved branch of modern physics.” — Wall Street Journal

Einstein’s theory of general relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For almost a century now, physicists have been delving into Einstein's theory, seeking an understanding of the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies. The expanding universe, the light speed barrier, black holes, wormholes, time travel — general relativity has allowed scientists’ imaginations to take flight with new possibilities, revealing a universe that is much stranger than anyone ever expected.

Arriving in time for the theory’s hundred-year anniversary, physicist Pedro Ferreira’s The Perfect Theory explains just how staggering an achievement that theory was while bringing to life the infighting that the theory sparked in the field of physics over the past century.

"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?

There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each.

Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? The Hidden Reality is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.

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