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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 found Greene's book enjoyable, full of new concepts and explanations, and well worth reading.
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.
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 days 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 4 days ago by Divine Asymptote
From the standpoint of common sense, physics reveals an incomprehensible world. I am a dunce when it comes to physics and mathematics, but I can fully appreciate Greene's genius at... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jon G. Allen
Surprised me how many different ways there are to think of a multiverse.Published 26 days ago by Vericat
I found this book to be a very good explanation of the theories of multiple universe that are being bounded about by M-theorists and other modern quantum physicists. Read morePublished 27 days ago by JustinHoca
Excellent read. A little nebulous in some areas, but I definitely recommend it to all interested in this area of science.Published 28 days ago by Denise Tirb