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The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    This book is not only unique for elegantly explaining complicated concepts of geometry, and its `DNA' imprint on physics via string theory, but it is said from the vantage point of the world renowned geometer who has played a major role in all
    these developments. Through
    the collaboration of the two authors, the book is very down to earth and has
    a style which not only explains how different ideas have unfolded in the past
    couple of decades, but how beautifully natural they all fit with one another.
    Black holes, curved space, topology and a human struggle to understand the inner
    workings of nature through beautiful mathematical reasoning shines very clearly
    through the book and provides the reader with a front row seat for an exciting
    journey into the interaction of modern physics and mathematics. I strongly recommend this book to all those interested in seeing the power of elegant mathematics
    applied to the most enigmatic questions in modern physics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    A true gem of popular science!

    Written by one of the world mathematical leaders, together with a science journalist, this books will take you through some of the deepest mathematical and physical discoveries of the past forty years with an unbelievable clarity and a compelling geometric vision. One of the main themes of the book is the link between physical theories for the fundamental forces of nature and the geometry of space. For example, one of the main features of string theory is that our space-time has 6 extra dimensions which are very small and undetectable by the naked eye, and that these 6 dimensions are curled up into a geometric space called a Calabi-Yau space (in honor of the mathematician Calabi who conjectured the existence of these spaces, and of Yau himself who rigorously proved they existed). This unique book, which is written partly as Yau's autobiography, makes all these concept seem easy and natural, and kept me very much engaged throughout the whole reading. Overall a book I will recommend to everyone who has just the slightest curiosity about how our universe and what its underlying structure is, no mathematical background is assumed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    a good book for lay people

    some math knowledge need for some of the terms. but a geat book for novices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    "Indicates topic well"

    I read this book to learn more about string theory. It was very informative, but string theory itself is a difficult concept to grasp. That is why the book can be difficult to read at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Highly Recommended- you must check it out

    A journey into mathematics and physics, a fascinating adventure even for laymen like me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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