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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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

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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. Michio Kaku is one of the leading pioneers in superstring theory and has been at the forefront of this revolution in modern physics. With Hyperspace, he has produced a book for general readers which conveys the vitality of the field and the excitement as scientists grapple with the meaning of space and time. It is an exhilarating look at physics today and an eye-opening glimpse into the ultimate nature of the universe.

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.
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199857760
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/24/1994
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
748,513
File size:
4 MB

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.
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.
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.
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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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