Warped Passages

Warped Passages

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by Lisa Randall
     
 

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The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.

Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early

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The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.

Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor's edge of modern scientific theory. One of the world's leading theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall provides astonishing scientific possibilities that, until recently, were restricted to the realm of science fiction. Unraveling the twisted threads of the most current debates on relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity, she explores some of the most fundamental questions posed by Nature—taking us into the warped, hidden dimensions underpinning the universe we live in, demystifying the science of the myriad worlds that may exist just beyond our own.

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ISBN-13:
9780061981234
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/10/2009
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
12,284
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. Professor Randall was included in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2007 and was among Esquire magazine's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century." Professor Randall's two books, Warped Passages (2005) and Knocking on Heaven's Door (2011) were New York Times bestsellers and 100 Notable Books. Her stand-alone e-book, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, was published in 2012.

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Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
74scruffy74 More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of Physics. Each book adds another element to my understanding of how the universe works. This is one of the best books, as it explains the theories in a clear language, without all the math concepts. I never studied math in particular, so this book was better for me to understand. If you have never picked up a book about physics before, this would be one to start with. It keeps your interest, and gives a lot of food for thought. Lisa Randall, knows her material, and can expain it better than most of the authors I have read. For example, Steven Hawkins is a very HARD read. I had trouble with his explainations of theory. This book "Warped Passages" is worth the time to read slowly and carefully. Your understanding of Quantom Mechancis, and the The Therory of Relativity, had clearer meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a limited physics background and began this book thinking the prime purpose was to receive an explanation of string theory, multiple dimensions and membrane theory. It achieved its purpose. In addition, it magnificently delineated the history of this field¿s development, plus liberal recognition of her colleagues involvement in pursuing these endeavors (despite some being theorists and some experimentalists). Professor Randall¿s writing has a continuity of development in concise, lucid, complete, and very clever terms. Terminology is kept simple and (thank goodness) mathematics eliminated. Inclusions of real life analogies helps breakdown the complex into the understandable. The author¿s personality, as demonstrated by the book, shows that even physicists are people ... She climbs rocks, communes with nature, appreciates pop-culture, hangs-out in coffee shops and enjoys conferences in beautiful locales. And, best of all, she has a delicious sense of humor (ironic closing at books-end: what is a dimension?) All this and she does not let her intellect get in the way of clarity in describing to the layperson (me) of strings that rock `n¿ roll, minuscule curlicue dimensions, and wimpy gravity (my characterization). In summary, I now have a greater appreciation and understanding of this realm of science. It is a magnificent, multifaceted book in revealing science, scientists and one scientist¿s personality. Maybe in Professor Randall¿s sequel (Warped Passages, the Next Generation ?) she can explain: Is time a black sheep dimension among the spatial dimensions? How does one particle communicates attraction and/or repulsion? What about variable speed of light or gravity? I am now impatient for the results of bashing those energetic particles together and letting the shower¿s fall where they might. Let the fireworks begin, thank you Doctor Randall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes perhaps the most difficult of topics, how the world and universe works, and presents an understandable, yet detailed, discussion. Difficult and non-intuitive concepts are described in unique and creative ways. For those interested in the cutting edge of theoretical physics, this book is a must read.
Greg Smith More than 1 year ago
It is very interesting and explains really complex information in ways non physicists can understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a physics student i've been reading many novels on theoretical physics. Parallel World, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Elegant Universe...etc. I thought this novel would provide some new insight into the field of modern physics. However the analogies and metaphors are very oontrived, and not well applied. Also the book is scattered in that sometimes its assumes no previous knowledge and sometimes it does. Overall I would not recomment this book becuase it is very confusing and not well-written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very readable update on the current thinking vis a vis string theorists and empirists. Her 'model/experimental' bias is clearly explained. Good focus for generally non technical audience. The attempt at the 'Godel, Escher Bach' intros really fell flat and should have been edited out. I'm continually amused at how academicians and movie stars really think the rest of us care about her/their political attitudes. It diminished the author in context of her work also the bit about her personal work in support of CERN did not measure up to the subject content/contributions she describes. All in all worth the time
AcadianBob More than 1 year ago
Way too involved and detailed for even a knowlegdeable science reader. Discover and Scientific American will not prepare you for this book. Brian Green's Fabric of the Cosmos is a much better read. Green's Fabric of the Cosmos is also a better book than his title The Elegant Universe.
Roaddogg More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading 'Warped Passages'. The book is a thorough explanation of modern cosmology. Although theoretical, extra dimensions help answer questions to which we have no answers. Using recent experiments and data, Lisa Randall makes the case that extra dimensions do in some way exist and that it is a good idea to study them. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the nature of reality, and physics/cosmology.
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GVTolly More than 1 year ago
Definitely stretched my understanding and left me wanting to go to the next level. Kept my interest throughout.
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honeydewedm More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, readable book about the hidden dimensions. Recommend it hightly Ed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been interested in this topic for some time now and read many interesting books, however this book is something else! Lisa doesn't go very deep into history of particle physics however provides an excelent overview of the latest trends in particle physics as well as its relation to theoretical advances and potential finds which should be uncovered within the next decade. Excellent book from the authority in theoretical physics! A++
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, let me point out that I am NOT a Physicist but a retired PhD Geologist, who spent much of his career in geological research. My rather modest background in Physics dates to the late `50s and early `60s. ¿Warped Passages¿ seems to have been written for people like me: high interest, limited background. However, I suspect that even PhD Physicists will find it a worthwhile read. And people with even less background than I will find it readable, informative, and enjoyable. The most amazing thing to me is Dr. Randall¿s ability to describe extremely complex and counter intuitive concepts in understandable English (no pages of equations here!). And at the same time she doesn¿t pull any punches in ¿telling it like it is.¿ Her excellent use of analogies, as well as her clever allegories at the beginning of each chapter, makes this a readable book without a strong technical background. She is clearly a gifted writer. The first part of the book brings the reader up to date with a review of the past decades of developments in theoretical physics. Then she delves into the area of her own recent and current research: string theory, branes, and extra spatial dimensions. She analyzes both the strengths and weaknesses of her own ideas and those of other researchers. She also lays out how these ideas can be tested within the next few years. I can¿t wait to read the results. ¿Warped Passages¿ is a ¿must read¿ for anyone interested in the world of theoretical physics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Randall has done an excellent job of mixing the technical explanations with easy to understand examples of the latest physics theory and research. The book would be enjoyed, appreciated and understood by scientists and layman alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this is the quality of thinking among string theorists, it is not surprising that thay have made so little progress in the last couple of decades. Poorly organized, weak analogies and desciptions, silly ideas (e.g. Einstein was a German working in Switzerland, and therefore interested in the trains running on time, so found relativity!), and weak writing. Not worth one's time.