Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension

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by Michio Kaku, Robert O'Keefe
     
 

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The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for.  See more details below

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The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Since ingesting Einstein's relativity theory 50 years ago, physics fell down a quantum rabbit hole and, ever since, physicists' reports to the world of popular science have been curiouser and curiouser. This version, from the author of the graduate text Quantum Field Theory , is very curious as he delineates the ``delicious contradictions'' of the quantum revolution: that the new paradigms of subatomic matter require the existence of ``hyperspace,'' an ultimate universe of many dimensions, to accomodate their mostly mathematical behaviors. Unified field theory as it is currently understood does not preclude any of the hypotheses that Kaku invites to this Mad Hatter's Theory Party: superstrings, parallel universes and, his centerpiece, time travel. Although occasionally facile, Kaku remains on solid theoretical ground up to the point of his untestable hypotheses, which lead to his more abstract arguments. In the past decade particle physics has lurched to astonishing contradictions and Kaku's adventurous, tantalizing book should not be penalized for promising more than present technology can test. His intellectual perceptions will thrill lay readers, SF fans and the physics-literate. Illustrations. (Apr.)
Library Journal
With erudition and wisdom, Kaku (physics, CUNY) has written a fascinating overview of the major scientists, discoveries, and ideas involved in an ongoing quest for synthesizing quantum mechanics and relativity physics into a superstring theory of our entire universe (unifying gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces). His clear and concise exposition in cosmology explores many topics, ranging from subatomic particles (e.g., quarks and leptons), exobiology, and black holes to wormholes, time travel, and other universes. Kaku stresses that modern physics still needs a more powerful topology mathematics in order to understand completely our expanding and evolving cosmos. Of value for both specialists and general readers, Hyperspace is an engaging and intriguing book. Highly recommended for all science collections in academic and public libraries.-- James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
Booknews
Popular science writer and theoretical physicist, Kaku (physics, City College of the City University of New York), offers a look for the general reader into the newest scientific revolution: the theory of hyperspace. Discussion includes the fifth dimension, superstrings, wormholes, time machines, and the fate of the universe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385477055
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
84,481
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Michio Kaku is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard and received his Ph.D. from Berkeley. He is author of Beyond Einstein (with Jennifer Trainer), Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction, and Introduction to Superstrings. He has also hosted a weekly hour-long science program on radio for the past ten years.

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Hyperspace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
WDH More than 1 year ago
Takes real guts on the part of Barnes to charge 20 bucks more for the Nook edition than the paperback.
GeraldNYC More than 1 year ago
excellent - as usual
JoshJG More than 1 year ago
Michio Kaku's Hyperspace focuses on higher-dimensional space-time theories, such as the super string, and Kaluza- Klein type. Ranging from the primitive life forms of the first dimension, Kaku takes us on a journey all the way to the tenth dimensional theory. The tenth dimensional theory promises to simplify the laws of nature and end our limited view of a three dimensional universe. The scientific research that accommodates this amount of knowledge surpasses the minds of the average person; however, Kaku has formulated a way to manage and compile a great deal of complex information into a very simple and fascinating novel (it's not the average physics textbook!). Throughout Hyperspace, Kaku describes how the ten-dimension theory simplifies, condenses, and combines the two greatest theories of Quantum and General Relativity. He covers the fundamentals of understanding the ten-dimensional theory and describes each of the ten dimensions and their functions in the Universe. Of the ten, he stresses the importance of the third dimension and the role of mankind in it. Moreover, Kaku describes the future implications of the theory in the advancements of physics and science, possibly granting humanity to fully grasp the abstract theories of worm holes, time travel, and dimensional shifts. Michio Kaku compares the mystical and fantastical realities in "Back to the Future", Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz to the possible scientific realities in the future. He describes that these stories feature the themes of time travel and interspatial/dimensional travel, which he believes will be technological feats in the next century. Although Hyperspace is filled with complex scientific theories, Michio Kaku never buries the audience with too many technical facts. In fact, the book flows very smoothly and describes the unique relationship between science, nature, philosophy, and religion. The book introduces higher dimension concepts and its relationship with current and former beliefs and the implications of such theories in our future.
jspainJS More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Kaku. His books are always well written and even his appearances on the Discovery Channel seem smart. Kaku has a gift for describing complicated subjects in simplified ways. In his typical style, Kaku explains how dimensions beyond what we know as space and time could possibly explain how so many different laws and forces all relate to one another. This book is definitely an easy read and Kaku keeps it interesting through his use of examples and metaphors. The theories and ideas described in this book will definitely open your mind to possibilities you have never considered or even believed possible.
Dee-Pit More than 1 year ago
I probably would of enjoyed this book a little more if I were smarter. I read the back and I was intrigued but i guess I over-estimated my own intelligance. I recommend this to the scholarly type but not the average reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was powerful enough to change my major...before I joined colledge. Before Hyperspace, I though physics was the most boring of the sciences. After reading it, I realized it was one of the most interesting subjects out there. If you think of Newton's laws when you hear the word physics, this book will make you think again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best physics book I've ever read! Michio Kaku explains everything in a simple language (no equations, though).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the paperback for $16 today. I can only guess about why the ebook cost 2.5 times as much as paper. This book was published in the 90's and recent evidence in the last year or so has resulted in changes to string theory. But overall I'm pleased with the topics covered.
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This book is stupendous. It took a way high level of thinking and simplified it to perfection. All in all, the book was amazing.
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