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Are there other dimensions beyond our own? Is time travel possible? Can we change the past? Are there gateways to parallel universes? All of us have pondered such questions, but there was a time when scientists dismissed these notions as outlandish speculations. Not any more. Today, they are the focus of the most intense scientific activity in recent memory. In Hyperspace, Michio Kaku, author of the widely acclaimed Beyond Einstein and a leading theoretical physicist, offers the first book-length tour of the most exciting (and perhaps most bizarre) work in modern physics, work which includes research on the tenth dimension, time warps, black holes, and multiple universes. The theory of hyperspace (or higher dimensional space) - and its newest wrinkle, superstring theory - stand at the center of this revolution, with adherents in every major research laboratory in the world, including several Nobel laureates. Beginning where Hawking's Brief History of Time left off, Kaku paints a vivid portrayal of the breakthroughs now rocking the physics establishment. Why all the excitement? As the author points out, for over half a century, scientists have puzzled over why the basic forces of the cosmos - gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces - require markedly different mathematical descriptions. But if we see these forces as vibrations in a higher dimensional space, their field equations suddenly fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, perfectly snug, in an elegant, astonishingly simple form. This may thus be our leading candidate for the Theory of Everything. If so, it would be the crowning achievement of 2,000 years of scientific investigation into matter and its forces. Already, the theory has inspired several thousand research papers, and has been the focus of over 200 international conferences. Many leading scientists believe the theory will unlock the deepest secrets of creation and answer some of the most intriguing questions of all

Kaku, a physicist, paints a vivid portrait of the groundbreaking theory of hyperspace and its newest wrinkle--superstring theory.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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: 9780195085143
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,323,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (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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Table of Contents

Pt. I Entering the Fifth Dimension
1 Worlds Beyond Space and Time 3
2 Mathematicians and Mystics 30
3 The Man Who "Saw" the Fourth Dimension 55
4 The Secret of Light: Vibrations in the Fifth Dimension 80
Pt. II Unification in Ten Dimensions
5 Quantum Heresy 111
6 Einstein's Revenge 136
7 Superstrings 151
8 Signals from the Tenth Dimension 178
9 Before Creation 191
Pt. III Wormholes: Gateways to Another Universe?
10 Black Holes and Parallel Universes 217
11 To Build a Time Machine 232
12 Colliding Universes 252
Pt. IV Masters of Hyperspace
13 Beyond the Future 273
14 The Fate of the Universe 301
15 Conclusion 313
Notes 335
References and Suggested Reading 353
Index 355
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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    Takes real guts on the part of Barnes to charge 20 bucks more fo

    Takes real guts on the part of Barnes to charge 20 bucks more for the Nook edition than the paperback.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Its quite awesome...

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Great Book.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Maybe it's me!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    excellent - as usual

    excellent - as usual

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    Helps Train Open-minded Receptivity to Other Dimensions

    This is a quite interesting nonfiction book as it combines philosophy, science and literary discussion since it is brilliantly written. There are very few science formulas in this book, yet it handles extremely complex dimensional theories and mentions the great scientists that invented them. There are interesting diagrams to help readers conceptualize the difficult material. I found this to focus on different dimensions and the explanation of them to the extent that it read like a training manual to open oneself to more realities. It is difficult to believe that this type of literary writing is possible, as it is just amazing. (I found 98 percent of the book interesting, whether one agrees with the theories, scientists or not. And, the other 2 percent exposed a downside that I found in this book such as mentioning of some other historical cultures since the research in these areas seemed scant such as the book states that just 500 of Spain's conquistadors overtook the great Aztec empire, when conflicting research says Aztec runaway slaves greatly helped the consquistadors overtake the Aztec empire, etc. Not a lot of these cultural areas are mentioned in the book, maybe just a page or two in the whole book. Also, the lack of mention of Russian scientists as the book is an issue, as the book states that many Russian scientists came up with theories of ten dimensions, but just a few are mentioned. Yet, the book mentions many scientists and a few Russians so it is not devastating.) For the most part, "Hyperspace" is a definite literary masterpiece. For those that want many science formulas inside a huge textbook that offers the same artistic value combined with much more hard science in many different science disciplines, more elaborate diagrams, and much more concrete material is the five-star textbook by understated genious Stephan Wolfram--"A New Kind of Science" by Wolfram Media, Inc., 2002.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    Thought Provoking

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002


    This is the best physics book I've ever read! Michio Kaku explains everything in a simple language (no equations, though).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Should be $16

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014


    Join my clan res 18

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013


    *he sits between two boulders, holding a dagger and twirling it.*

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    Posted July 21, 2012

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  • Posted March 1, 2012


    Not so technical you have to be a PHD to understand it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011


    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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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    This book is great

    This book is amazing. Really changes your perception on the theories of multiple universes and is explained in such a way where you can understand it. It seems Kaku can take the most difficult to understand things and turn that into some statement that everyone can related to and that is easy to follow. I highly recommend it for anyone who is into theoretical physics or possibly just like science. If there is a follow up to his research in another book I am sure it would be just as good.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Break on through to the other side.

    Michio Kaku is one of my favorite sources for clear descriptions of things that would otherwise be too complicated to comprehend. In Hyperspace, he uses his own analogies and the analogies of others to (as clearly as I'd imagine one can) break down the theories that are spearheading modern theoretical physics. He discusses physical concepts from discoveries in recent history, how those discoveries have shaped the way we look at the forces of nature, as well as how a small handful of curious fellows and their investigations detected ways to literally, "unite the masses." It is quite the topic for discussion when conversing with others who've read the material, both on a theoretical level and a philosophical level. He even makes suggestions of the future of this sort of thinking. Ever been interested in how a higher dimension could be? If so, pick up the curious looking book called Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, and swan-dive right in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Even in 2007, it's still amazing

    This book has truly fueled my interests in physics even further. Even though this book is over a decade old, it poses many ideas and theories that are still pondered today. I would say this should be a classic book, and anyone interested in physics or is just looking for some enlightening reading should pick this book up. I have never been so absorbed in a physics book before. It's an outstanding piece that explains intricate theories and their histories very eloquently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Great book

    He does a great job of explaining the hardest things to explain from entropy death theories to the big bang and beyond. A great author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Sci-Fi and the Higher dimensions

    Welcome to flatland, ladies and gentlemen, this is the book to describe the basic principles of this universe-at least the 4 dimensional one that we live in- it is a fascinating odyssey through the newer Grand Unified Theories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Changed my English Major

    A good friend dropped this book into my lap as I was filling out college applications to be an English major... It changed my outlook on life, and am now planning on majoring in quantum physics and english... Now there's a pair! Kaku's writing made his concepts easily understandable even for my yet-uninitiated mind. I highly recommend it

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