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Oliver Sacks on The Hidden Reality
Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, California, and New York. He is professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University, and Columbia's first University Artist. He is the author of many books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Musicophilia. His newest book, The Mind's Eye, was published in October, 2010.
Brian Greene is not only a profound cosmological thinker--a pioneer of string theory--but a writer of exceptional clarity and charm. His books--The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos among them--take one ever deeper into a universe stranger and more wonderful than anyone could have conceived a generation ago. The Hidden Reality takes us deeper still, and it has a special personal quality and warmth that is evident from the opening of the book, when Greene recollects how, as a boy, he was fascinated by the multiple reflections in parallel mirrors. He has never lost this childlike wonder at the world of physics, but he brings it now to examining theories of multiple universes, of the continual birth of universes, starting long before our own. . . and destined to continue, perhaps, to the end of time.
In the 1930s, as a boy myself, I read The Mysterious Universe by James Jeans. Jeans was, like Greene, a brilliant theoretical astronomer and equally mesmerizing writer. I thought Jeans's book was the most exciting, revelatory book I had ever read, and now, seventy years later, I feel the same excitement reading Brian Greene's new book, where every chapter opens level after level of previously unimaginable, mind-expanding realities.
This book seems easier to read and is readily understandable.
And Brian Greene, author of the current volume under discussion, has now produced his third book attempting to explain some very difficult ideas to the lay reader.
If you are a Brian Greene fan, then you may have read his previous books The Elegant Universe and the Fabric of the Cosmos, both of which are beautiful reads.
Everyone who likes to know what's happening in the world of cosmology loves this book, me included.Published 1 day ago by Dave in Moab
Brian Greene is very interesting as always. However, I did not feel that this book came up to the high standard that he set with with his previous two books: "The Elegant... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ronald Coleman
I found this very hard going and it took me a while to try to understand the concepts even to the extent I am capable. Read morePublished 7 days ago by John Shows
His usual excellent presentation for the layperson. A bit long on some of the details.Published 17 days ago by coach Delrico
It must have been more than a little difficult for Dr. Brian Greene to write the kind of broad review of a subject as enormous, yet as ethereal as The Multiverse. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Murray Wolbach
I suspect this may be a 5 rather than a 4 but it's too early to tell. Typically I read three pages, close my eyes and think about it for a while, then try to regather my coherency. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elliot S. Maggin
Divine Asymptote: A Radical Vision of the Grandest Unification Physics forever approaches and approximates a pinnacle which it may never, ultimately, surmount. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Divine Asymptote