In Search of the Multiverse: Parallel Worlds, Hidden Dimensions, and the Ultimate Quest for the Frontiers of Reality

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Critical acclaim for John Gribbin

"The master of popular science."
Sunday Times (London)

"Gribbin explains things very well indeed, and there's not an equation in sight."
David Goodstein, The New York Times Book Review (on Almost Everyone's Guide to Science)

"Gribbin breathes life into the core ideas of complexity science, and argues convincingly that the basic laws, even in biology, will ultimately turn out...

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Overview

Critical acclaim for John Gribbin

"The master of popular science."
Sunday Times (London)

"Gribbin explains things very well indeed, and there's not an equation in sight."
David Goodstein, The New York Times Book Review (on Almost Everyone's Guide to Science)

"Gribbin breathes life into the core ideas of complexity science, and argues convincingly that the basic laws, even in biology, will ultimately turn out to be simple."
Nature magazine (on Deep Simplicity)

"Gribbin takes us through the basics [of chaos theory] with his customary talent for accessibility and clarity. [His] arguments are driven not by impersonal equations but by a sense of wonder at the presence in the universe and in nature of simple, self-organizing harmonies underpinning all structures, whether they are stars or flowers."
Sunday Times (London) (on Deep Simplicity)

"In the true quantum realm, Gribbin remains the premier expositor of the latest developments."
Booklist (on Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470613528
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 776,928
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN GRIBBIN is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books including In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, Science: A History, and Deep Simplicity. He trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface: The Search

Introduction: In an Infinite Universe, Anything Is Possible 1

1 The Coming of the Quantum Cats 13

Neither wave nor particle;

A quantum of uncertainty;

The only mystery;

Interpreting the unimaginable;

The mother of all quantum cats;

The many worlds of Hugh Everett;

The branching tree of history;

Everett comes in from the cold

2 Cosmic Coincidences Revisited 36

The carbon coincidence;

Why is the Universe so big?;

Nuclear efficiency;

The incredible lightness of gravity;

Cosmology's coincidental constant;

Ripples in a smooth cosmic sea;

Three dimensions good, more dimensions bad;

The lottery of life

3 Quantum Bits and Time Slips 62

Being in two minds;

In search of the quantum computer;

The killer application;

Practicalities;

Where does it all happen?;

A metaphor for the Multiverse;

When does it all happen?;

Timeslips;

Broader horizons

4 Infinite in All Directions 88

Arrows of time;

The heat death of the Universe;

Every conceivable accident;

Time and distance;

Time and thermodynamics;

The cosmic arrow and the gravitational sink;

Bouncing back?;

Back to the future

5 (Just Like) Starting Over 115

The particle connection;

Nothing comes from nothing;

Inflating the Universe;

The return of the Steady State?;

Bubbles on the River of Time;

Eternal inflation and simple beginnings;

Boltzmann's brain, the arrow of time, and causal patch physics;

To infinityand beyond!

6 The String's the Thing 144

Gravity grabs attention;

Two approaches plus a third way;

Compact but perfectly formed;

The magic of M;

Revisiting the incredible weakness of gravity;

When worlds collide;

By its bootstraps;

The bottomless pit;

There's lots of places like home;

Exploring the cosmic landscape;

The return of Schrodinger's cat

7 Faking It? Or Making It? 173

Is it science?;

Inside information;

The fakers;

Black holes and baby universes;

Selecting universes naturally;

A new perspective;

Makers of universes;

Evolution in designer universes;

Universes by design

Further Reading 201

Glossary 206

Index 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    A reasonable overview of current cosmological thinking.

    While generally well written, this book ultimately breaks no new ground. Much time is spent on the idea of the Many Worlds concept and String Theory - but none of this material is new. One draws the conclusion that there is nothing new to be said at this point in time. The author briefly discusses the possibility that we live in a simulated reality, but quickly dismisses this using some very flawed thinking. This reveals a strong bias against a potentially interesting avenue of exploration. Saying that the simulation might have glitches and repairs that we would be sure to notice is a huge assumption. Humans would be part of the simulation, not independent observers. The creators of the simulation, according to the author, would be sure to lack the competence to make it work without errors. This is an absurd attempt to use the current state of human knowledge to judge something that would be far beyond our capability to understand. The author uses the term "fakers" to refer to whoever or whatever might be running such a simulation. Again, revealing a deep seated bias against new ideas, of which a simulated reality is just one. But, in the end, this book is at least a well written example of this current state of cosmological thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    A lot of strange ideas

    This book can get tough to read in places. He has a lot of weird ideas about how things happen. However Quantum mechanics its self is unbelievable as well. I suppose it is in keeping with weirdness.

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