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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.
I enjoyed The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos and was attracted to this
book because of the subject matter, parallel Universes, alternate realities etc. Read more
Astounding! A very enjoyable learning experience. I'm looking forward to my second read!Published 5 days ago by Margy
I can't say anything in this review that has not already been said dozens of times in the hundreds of reviews here. Read morePublished 14 days ago by James Aker
A very in depth explanation of the leading multiple world / parallel universe theories that are being seriously considered by physicists. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
superb review of cosmology and physics and its conclusion of the possibility of various types of "alternative universes". Easy to understand, and very comprehensive.Published 23 days ago by philip brotman
I really liked this book. It took complex theory and explained it in a way that I could get some sort of handle on it.Published 1 month ago by J. Nutini
Awesome book. Written in the same style as the fabric of the cosmos.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Hegge