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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ISBN-13: 9780385477055
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1995
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 90,175
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

MICHIO KAKU is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, Physics of the Impossible, and Physics of the Future. He is the science correspondent for CBS's This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science.

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Hyperspace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 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).
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while back and just realized I never reviewed it. So actually this should probably go against the 2008 numbers, but who cares.This book deals with high dimensional space time theories like superstring theory. This book is very readable for the non-physicists amoung us (myself included). The writing style of Kaku actually made 10 dimensional understandable despite the complex math underlying it and I actually understood how the 10 dimensions actually simplify the laws of nature. Sure I took a couple physics courses in college, but we never got this deep and I'm no where near ready to take on Einstein, but this was actually an enjoyable read for those of you that are interested in seeing what some of the latest theories of space-time are. I've got a few more of Kaku's books on my TBR pile and look forward to tackling them.
NightHawk777 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not too long ago, I got a copy of [Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe] in the member giveaway program. The book was quite fascinating, and kindled my interest.A few months later, on a whim, I picked up this book. I had seen the author on TV a couple of times in the morning, and he was very interesting there. I really enjoyed this book. The author puts in a lot of interesting quotes and asides about the various characters and personalities that come up thru the book.I didn't find it as easy to digest, in whole, as Mr. Piccioni's book, but I still enjoyed it. There are sections in here that will hurt your brain if you try and think it through (I'm looking at you, "Jane") ...but it's all in good fun. There are discussions of time travel, wormholes, parallel universes, death of the universe, etc.The main topic is "string theory". It is really quite interesting, but I don't want to kid myself and think i have a complete handle on it. So the science in here seems to be really great.The author brings up some other things I found kind of amusing. He seemed a little upset that Congress didn't fund a giant particle accelerator. I personally thought, "Good, that much money probably could be put into the debt" :)Also there seems to be an idea that we can't progress beyond a certain level until the entire world is under one united government. Umm...yeah, don't see that happening any time soon. In my opinion, that's a good thing. One thing puzzles me still with these type of books. There are all these great theories about how objects move, how space and the universe is defined, how subatomic particles and energy work. But, as of yet, I haven't caught on to how they would define basic life. What is a thought? What is an emotion? I guess these type of things are beyond the realm of physics, because physics wants to be something that can be proved by experimentation. The funny thing is, from what I understand here, there are some big parts of these theories that haven't fully been tested. So it seems to me, physics requires a bit of faith. The thing is, these guys are always working on filling in the holes. It may very well be this book has some out of date information. I did enjoy this book, and i've already started another of the authors books, Parallel Worlds.
stonester1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kaku has always been one of my favorite guests on Coast to Coast AM, speculating on extraterrestrial civilizations and scientific knowledge and capability beyond ours. This book is an oddyssey on some of the more fantastical ideas that modern phycisists are speculationg at what lies beyond our perceptions in this, our physical universe. He starts with a history of physics, classical, relativity and quantum, and talks about the parallel developments in mathematics and then gets down to the fun stuff, that the structure of space is a far stranger and more possiblity laden place than conventional thought might admit to. The math can get a little heavy for someone with a non-math mind. But if ideas are what you are about, this book brings 'em.
Eric_the_Hamster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like Stephen Hawkings a "Brief History of Time", parts of this are incomprehensible to the layman (i.e. me!), but is still sufficiently well written as to be both tantalising and fascinating. I tend to dip in and out rather than read from cover to cover (maybe that is my downfall!).
JakeAndrus More than 1 year ago
Hyperspace is a journey through dimensions and time as explained by renowned physicist Michio Kaku. He shares with readers the questions asked by himself as well as past and current physicists that led to groundbreaking discoveries and schools of thought. The topics explored range from alternate universes to unseen dimensions to wormholes and are explained as a history of their discovery in addition to their theoretical futures and advances. However daunting these subjects may seem, this book provides a great jumping off point for people interested in quantum physics but lack the formal education. The math is primarily omitted from many of the chapters, but notes are included in the back for those who are not intimidated by it. Kaku uses easy-to-understand descriptions and in-depth analogies to help the layman better understand these advanced physics topics. The theories presented are incredibly fascinating and hold great weight, with implications of time travel and travel to distant galaxies. The “gravity” of these concepts can keep any reader enthralled. One negative aspect is Michio can become a little repetitive when it comes to his overarching themes which he really hammers home, but ultimately not in a way that is very different from the last time. In general this book is incredible for aspiring physicists or anyone interested in what makes the universe act the way it does.
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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