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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 really can change your whole perspective on the world I recommend it 100%Published 36 minutes ago by Peter Carthy
A grand apologia for academic mathematicians and theoretical physicists.Published 7 hours ago by GT Idaho
Brilliantly written. Greene's depiction of the Multiverse is marvelous and gives such perspective to how little we know and understand of infinite space and all of its enigmatic... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Harper.V
Its a great review of a number of potential multiverses. It does ramble at times (the final chapter feels entiely like rambling).Published 1 month ago by Robert Guest
A thoughtful but completely accessible primer on cutting edge physics theory. If you are interested in what the current thinking is regarding 'parallel universes', this is the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joshua Danny
String theory here I come.Excellent for a non math person like myself.Published 2 months ago by Joseph Connolly