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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension [Kindle Edition]

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 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.


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Amazon.com Review

How many dimensions do you live in? Three? Maybe that's all your commonsense sense perception perceives, but there is growing and compelling evidence to suggest that we actually live in a universe of ten real dimensions. Kaku has written an extraordinarily lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the theoretical and empirical bases of a ten-dimensional universe and even goes so far as to discuss possible practical implications--such as being able to escape the collapse of the universe. Yikes. Highly Recommended.

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OldSciFiDog June 23, 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having been seperated from what is happening in Physics for over 30 years and seeing some of the interesting (understatement) stuff my daughter, majoring in physics, was encountering, I decided to find out if I could understand a little about this "thing" called String Theory.
After reading some reviews on Michio Kaku's outrageous title "Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension" I discovered some outrageous stuff.
Michio Kaku presentation is full of history and understandable science even for a wantabescientist like myself (I am an embedded software engineer). I found the historical connections to scientific discovery fascinating (for one of those genius kind of guys, Michio writes an intersting tale of facts and conjecture).
While I was concerned that it may contain mathematics beyond all I have forgotten, I discovered that this was unfounded, as Michio takes the time to decribe everything in terms non-mathematical (yea I know, hard to believe).
In summery, this is not only a good read, it will blow you away. I finshed this book, I read his other book on Hyperspace which is the same subject but from a "maga view" versa "down and dirty?" (by the way it does not matter the order you read these books if you are so inclined).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucid discussion of difficult concepts August 27, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku is a very lucidly written account of the multidimensional approach to a unified field theory, of the possibility of parallel universes, of superstring theory of particle physics, and of the future of intelligent life and the fate of the universe. That's quite a feat in 334 pages, but he does a superb job of putting these complex concepts across for the non-math/physics types like myself. I had some difficulty getting through his discussion of superstring theory, of which he is one of the primary architects, but the other aspects of the text were more comprehensible. His style is very conversational, and he often calls upon his own experiences as a student, as a human being, and as a peer with others in the field to illustrate some aspects of his topics. The illustrations, though few, are clear and helpful. The bibliographical entries are a little old for a book written in 1994, many from the late 70s and early 80s. I've read some of the entries in the past and enjoyed most of them. They will definitely give one a thorough background in the recent history of physics and cosmology. I've put several of them on my wish list for later purchase. Notes to the chapters are full of additional historical and explanatory data of interest and are worth taking the time to read.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 HYPERSTARS June 2, 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book was one of the most AMAZING books I have ever read. It expanded my consciousness to an explosion that created and/or activated a new way of thinking, dreaming, and changed my entire being. (bowing to Mr.Michio Kaku), to have this effect on people. With the super intense subject manor, it's amazing how he put it in simple terms that the lay people can comprehend. The examples, stories, and excerpts from other books were put together very cleverly. I can not say enough about this book and it's author. This book puts a new classification in the words "theoretical physics". I had no idea that I and others would be effected in this way. A total life change from just one book. "Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension" is a must! Way more "out there" than most made up si-fi. Who needs fiction with factual books like this. VERY IMPRESSIVE! I give this book 5 x 1000000000 hyper stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the neophyte October 26, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Excellent to get a amateur view of current mindset on Quantum theory. Some of the math context was being my ability to fully appreciate, perhaps someone better schooled than I wouldn't have a problem. One negative comment is the traditional "we better change or else" ending to the book. I've been shamed, guilted, and warned enough about man destroying the world. I was disappointed to get a lecture in liberal political world views in this book. Would have been better to stick to the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well explained, but left many questions December 18, 2013
By Calvin
Format:Hardcover
Well written book, and the author is VERY articulate. Kaku did not go into as much detail, or as much math as I would have liked though. Great for a basic understanding of concepts, but lacked in that I was expecting a lot more depth to the subjects, and more math than just brief side-notes. Kaku has a wonderful ability to explain complex ideas to the populous, and this should not be over looked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Say What? January 24, 2013
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I rarely quit reading a book until I'm finished, and this one was close, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. I admit, I skimmed a few pages dealing with the formulas and math, but the chapters that I did understand gave me a greater appreciation for the universe that I live in...currently:)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.... even for layman June 10, 2014
By Engie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm no physicist, but this book was still understandable for me. Parts of it got a bit heady and difficult for me (hence the 4 stars... If I had loved ALL of it, I would give it 5) However, in general, this was a very readable assessment of the state of physics at the time it was written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous! January 21, 2001
By C. Doke
Format:Hardcover
Fabulous book. It plainly explains theoretical physics of the higher dimensional type. Another good book if you like this one is the Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! I read it and understood Some of the ...
Fascinating! I read it and understood Some of the concepts although I am not versed in physics and higher math. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr dad of db
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Challenging
So much fun to read and follow Kaku as he enlightens the reader.
Published 2 months ago by athenenike
5.0 out of 5 stars really damn good lititure
Really good book. This was my first book that I bought by Michio. After seeing him on many news programs I decided to go ahead and pick it up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary and Inspiring
The theories of yesterday come to life in this riveting exploration of today's discoveries of quantum physics and give an insight of what it could mean to our world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert 10 WV
5.0 out of 5 stars I love his books
I love his books. He writes in a manner that makes the subject understandable for an average reader like myself who is just curious about these issues. Read more
Published 8 months ago by thomas Beener
5.0 out of 5 stars Theoretical physics made accessible, though it's definitely not light...
I have an MA in French, so my knowledge of physics is extremely limited. I found this book both enjoyable and well written. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Michio Kaku is a favorite
I love Michio Kaku! He makes physics easier to understand for the lay man or woman. I really liked and appreciated this book.
Published 9 months ago by Marquesa
5.0 out of 5 stars HYPERSPACE: A Book Of Wonders
WOW!! This is really a cool and good book! It's easy to understand given that it is physics and space and time, a very hard topic to understand. Read more
Published 15 months ago by LT
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present for my husband
I have bought it as a gift to my hubby, and he loves this book when he brings to travel with him!! Thank you.
Published 17 months ago by R Ke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writer
Very well written, text flows & makes the academia of the book easy to understand with great examples. Michio kaku is one of the best authors of modern science & physics!
Published 17 months ago by na
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Michio Kaku is the co-founder of String Field Theory and is the author of international best-selling books such as Hyperspace, Visions, and Beyond Einstein. Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York.


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