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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.
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 8 days ago by Jon G. Allen
Surprised me how many different ways there are to think of a multiverse.Published 19 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 19 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 21 days ago by Denise Tirb
An open-minded discussion with in-depth knowledge about the universes in most modern context.Published 1 month ago by Yapa
This a well written book designed for those of us who have a little scientific knowledge and want to learn about the cutting edge of theoretical physics and cosmology. Read morePublished 1 month ago by westie1
Excellent all the way around. I would buy from them again. Very satisfied overall.Published 1 month ago by William Riddel
This is a very interesting and well written book about the different possible multiverses based on math and modern physics which do give a window into what may have preceded the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim