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

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

Format:  Paperback,

428 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2006

ISBN-13: 9781400033720

ISBN-10: 1400033721

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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.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2006
ISBN-13: 9781400033720
ISBN-10: 1400033721
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 428
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Universe
Baby Pictures of the Universe
The Paradoxical Universe
The Big Bang
Inflation and Parallel Universes
The Multiverse
Dimensional Portals and Time Travel
Parallel Quantum Universes
M-Theory: The Mother of All Strings
A Designer Universe?
Searching for Echoes from the Eleventh Dimension
Escape Into Hyperspace
The End of Everything
Escaping the Universe
Beyond the Multiverse
Notes
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2004-12-01)

Increasingly, it seems that whatever can be imagined, even in wildest speculation, is possible in modern astrophysics. As a case in point, Kaku (Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics, Graduate Ctr., CUNY; Hyperspace) considers serious theoretical possibilities of the existence of parallel and/or multiple universes. He begins by covering the historical background of cosmology (familiar territory to fans of this genre) and discussing the evidence gathered from recent satellite data regarding the age of the universe; theorists, he notes, are only beginning to make sense of this information.

The text becomes more engaging in Part 2, "The Multiverse", as Kaku explores how parallel universes might be created, how they might interact with our own, and how new ones might be created all the time. Finally, in Part 3, "Escape into Hyperspace", future scenarios for this and other universes are entertained, including their effect upon the civilizations of intelligent beings within them. The acknowledgments listed in this well-researched book read like an honor roll of contemporary astrophysicists and the best science writers. Be prepared to exercise your imagination as you read. Highly recommended.

-Gregg Sapp, Science Lib., SUNY at Albany

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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.

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