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Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

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Is our universe dying?

Could there be other universes?

In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku, an author who has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth” (Wall Street Journal, takes readers on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe.

In his first book of physics since Hyperspace, Michio Kaku begins by describing the extraordinary advances that have transformed cosmology over the last century, and particularly over the last decade, forcing scientists around the world to rethink our understanding of the birth of the universe, and its ultimate fate. In Dr. Kaku’s eyes, we are living in a golden age of physics, as new discoveries from the WMAP and COBE satellites and the Hubble space telescope have given us unprecedented pictures of our universe in its infancy.

As astronomers wade through the avalanche of data from the WMAP satellite, a new cosmological picture is emerging. So far, the leading theory about the birth of the universe is the “inflationary universe theory,” a major refinement on the big bang theory. In this theory, our universe may be but one in a multiverse, floating like a bubble in an infinite sea of bubble universes, with new universes being created all the time. A parallel universe may well hover a mere millimeter from our own.

The very idea of parallel universes and the string theory that can explain their existence was once viewed with suspicion by scientists, seen as the province of mystics, charlatans, and cranks. But today, physicists overwhelmingly support string-theory, and its latest iteration, M-theory, as it is this one theory that, if proven correct, would reconcile the four forces of the universe simply and elegantly, and answer the question “What happened before the big bang?”

Already, Kaku explains, the world’s foremost physicists and astronomers are searching for ways to test the theory of the multiverse using highly sophisticated wave detectors, gravity lenses, satellites, and telescopes. The implications of M-theory are fascinating and endless. If parallel worlds do exist, Kaku speculates, in time, perhaps a trillion years or more from now, as appears likely, when our universe grows cold and dark in what scientists describe as a big freeze, advanced civilizations may well find a way to escape our universe in a kind of “inter-dimensional lifeboat.”

An unforgettable journey into black holes and time machines, alternate universes, and multidimensional space, Parallel Worlds gives us a compelling portrait of the revolution sweeping the world of cosmology.

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In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.

About the Author

Dr. Michio Kaku is professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and a co-founder of string field theory. He is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including Visions, Beyond Einstein, and Hyperspace, which was named one of the best science books of the year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio science program and has appeared on such national television shows as Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and Larry King Live.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

PART ONE: THE UNIVERSE

Chapter One: Baby Pictures of the Universe

Chapter Two: The Paradoxical Universe

Chapter Three: The Big Bang

Chapter Four: Inflation and Parallel Universes

PART TWO: THE MULTIVERSE

Chapter Five: Dimensional Portals and Time Travel

Chapter Six: Parallel Quantum Universes

Chapter Seven: M-Theory: The Mother of All Strings

Chapter Eight: A Designer Universe?

Chapter Nine: Searching for Echoes from the Eleventh Dimension

PART THREE: ESCAPE INTO HYPERSPACE

Chapter Ten: The End of Everything

Chapter Eleven: Escaping the Universe

Chapter Twelve: Beyond the Multiverse

Notes

Glossary

Recommended Reading

Index

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mudcatmls, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by mudcatmls)
A book that greatly stretches the scientific imagination to its limits. Hits areas of science that science fiction writers have been writing about in the past century showing how these things could very well be possible...the universe is greater than we can ever imagine.
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Darahlee10, July 10, 2013 (view all comments by Darahlee10)
This book is a science based review of alternate universes and their relevance to us. Michio Kaku moves into astrophysics and cosmology within this book; broadening approaches enormously. With simple explanations of strings, m-theory, and black holes there is also focus on the importance of electromagnetism. This book makes reference to the universe that we are not alone; and the possible travel connection to parallel universes. Michio Kaku makes an appealing presentation in science that connects to the everyday world. There is a list of contacts in the physicist community for other interesting reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033720
Subtitle:
A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
Author:
Kaku, Michio
Publisher:
Anchor
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Big bang theory
Subject:
Astronomy - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.9 in 0.95 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.
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