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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.
Grab a board and surf on spacetime for this one. Greene spells it out, but it is up to you to use your imagination to see the limits of the possible.Published 1 day ago by B Kind
It seems like the underlying theme is "trust me, this is physics, not religion". It's interesting and fun to read but the preaching gets in the way.Published 4 days ago by Anita Roychoudhury
Awesome book. I know little about quantum mechanics and physics but this book teaches you so much. I read a few pages and my mind travels to the possibilities of other worlds,... Read morePublished 13 days ago by shirley62
Brian Greene is not only an outstanding theoretic physicist, but he is also an amazing science communicator. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mark Bloomer
Very interesting book from start to finish. Various insights / theories proposed had interesting implications and were thought provoking.Published 18 days ago by Dennis Martin
I read the Elegant Universe a few years ago, and I was concerned this might be a rehash of the same old concepts. Thankfully this is more like a follow-up. Read morePublished 22 days ago by A. D. DeLong
The Hidden Reality is a brilliantly written book that does not impart as much proven knowledge as Fabric of Cosmos or The Elegant Universe but takes the readers to the highly... Read morePublished 23 days ago by NJ
I found it to be a little too deep for the average layman to understand. I never did quite understand what a multiverse is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by richard ware