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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension Hardcover – March 24, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0195085143 ISBN-10: 0195085140

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 24, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195085140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195085143
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Who needs fiction with factual books like this.
"kashava"
This was a very easy to read explanation of the Physics in a way the layman can understand.
R. Scott
I decided to read Michio Kaku's books by starting with the first one he wrote.
Peter File

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By OldSciFiDog on June 23, 2001
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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 By Atheen M. Wilson on 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 By "kashava" on June 2, 2000
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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 By A Customer on October 26, 1997
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 By Calvin on December 18, 2013
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 By Tortious on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Engie on June 10, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Doke on January 21, 2001
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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