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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 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 23 days ago by J. Nutini
Awesome book. Written in the same style as the fabric of the cosmos.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Hegge
Brian Randolph Greene (born 1963) is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist who is professor at Columbia University and chairman of the World Science Festival since... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven H Propp
Green does a very good job of using laymens terms to try to explain some very difficult concepts.Published 2 months ago by Jim Logue
Should have been titled something like "The Crisis in Physics". Two stars not so much because it is a bad book per se, but more so because it champions the pathetic state... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Bonnett
What if the universe as we know it were only one of possibly many? That is the fundamental question behind this latest book by physicist Brian Greene. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul L.