The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything / Edition 1

The Great Beyond: Higher Dimensions, Parallel Universes and the Extraordinary Search for a Theory of Everything / Edition 1

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by Paul Halpern
     
 

ISBN-10: 047146595X

ISBN-13: 9780471465959

Pub. Date: 07/05/2004

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Praise for The Great Beyond

"A marvelous book—very clear, very readable. A brilliant introduction to the math and physics of higher dimensions, from Flatland to superstrings. Its greatest strength is a wealth of fascinating historical narrative and anecdote. I enjoyed it enormously."
—Ian Stewart, author of Flatterland

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Praise for The Great Beyond

"A marvelous book—very clear, very readable. A brilliant introduction to the math and physics of higher dimensions, from Flatland to superstrings. Its greatest strength is a wealth of fascinating historical narrative and anecdote. I enjoyed it enormously."
—Ian Stewart, author of Flatterland

"A remarkable journey from Plato's cave to the farthest reaches of human thought and scientific knowledge. This mind-boggling book allows readers to dream strange visions of hyperspace, chase lightwaves, explore Klein's quantum odyssey and Kaluza's cocoon, leap through parallel universes, and grasp the very essence of conscience and cosmos. Buy this book and feed your head."
—Clifford Pickover, author of Surfing through Hyperspace

"Halpern looks with a bemused eye at the wildest ideas currently afoot in physics. He takes us into the personal world of those who relish and explore seemingly outlandish notions, and does it with a light, engaging style."
—Gregory Benford, author of Timescape

Author Biography: PAUL HALPERN, Ph.D., is professor of physics and mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship award for the research that ultimately resulted in The Great Beyond. Halpern's previous books include Time Journeys, Cosmic Wormholes, and The Cyclical Serpent.

"A marvellous book —- very clear, very readable. A brilliant introduction to the math and physics of higher dimensions, from Flatland to superstrings. Its greatest strength is a wealth of fascinating historical narrative and anecdote. I enjoyed it enormously." —Ian Stewart, author of Flatterland

"A remarkable journey from Plato's cave to the farthest reaches of human thought and scientific knowledge. This mind-boggling book allows readers to dream strange visions of hyperspace, chase light waves, explore Klein's quantum odyssey and Kaluza's cocoon, leap through parallel universes, and grasp the very essence of conscience and cosmos. Buy this book and feed your head." —Cliff Pickover, author of Surfing Through Hyperspace

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471465959
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/05/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the Kaluza-Klein miracle1
1The power of geometry10
2Visions of hyperspace26
3The physicist's stone : uniting electricity, magnetism, and light61
4Getting gravity in shape84
5Striking the fifth chord : Kaluza's remarkable discovery101
6Klein's quantum odyssey114
7Einstein's dilemma139
8Truth under exile : theorizing at Princeton158
9Brave new world : seeking unity in an age of conflict179
10Gauging the weak and the strong206
11Hyperspace packages tied up in strings231
12Brane worlds and parallel universes267
Conclusion : extra-dimensional perception290

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The Great Beyond is a fascinating account of man¿s exploration of higher dimensions through the ages. The author, Paul Halpern blends tales of physicists¿ personal lives with explanations of abstruse theories and concepts. His description of wave theory and the paradigm shift from Maxwell and Newton to Einstein was as exciting as the earthshaking consequences of this upheaval. And he is capable of drawing quite meaningful insights from the subject matter, such as, ¿Nature is a study of vivid contrasts and subtle connections.¿ The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins couldn¿t have said it better. Some of the images he comes up with are really priceless. ¿As more and more of his time became spent in mathematical physics in addition to his normal thesis work, Riemann must have felt like a skier heading toward a tree with feet on either side.¿ I liked the stuff about the art movements of cubism and futurism, how futurism did for time what cubism did for space. Art as the popularizer of avant-garde scientific theory. If you enjoy reading popularized accounts of great scientific discovery and exploration written by the likes of Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking, or Stephen Jay Gould, you¿ll love this book.