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Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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It has taken more than a century, but cutting-edge science is finally approaching a broader understanding of the implications of quantum physics. People who follow current science publications and TV stations like The Science, History and Discovery channels are becoming more exposed to the concept of "overlapping, multi-dimensional universes." The author takes us on an interesting journey through the most popular new hypotheses in this intriguing new area of thinking. The potential implications are mind numbing. While the narrative of this book is somewhat easy for the layman to follow, exposure, or at least some interest in cosmology, will help the book to flow for the average reader.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Overall, a decent tour of the many worlds scene pre-20th century, but it either ignores (or is ignorant of) relatively recent work on the many worlds theory in philosophy of science by Simon Saunders, David Wallace and many others at University of Oxford and elsewhere. Nor does it mention the important work by John Bell on many worlds theory in the early 1960s. Nor does it reference the latest edition of Hugh Everett III's original many worlds theory: "The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980" (Princeton University Press, 2012). And it does not reference the popular biography of Everett that details the historical and scientific formation of his theory in the context of mid-century American physics: "The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III, Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family" (Oxford University Press, 2010). Rubenstein has written a worthwhile book that is oddly pocked with significant intellectual and historical gaps.
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on September 25, 2014
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Wonderful book. It's really dense, there is so much information in here, but if you have any interest in the multiverse, give this a read. The writing is really academic, but warm and inviting at the same time. This really sated my appetite for something philosophical!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2014
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If you are looking for a book that explains current theories of the multiverse, this is not it. Rubenstein's book reviews the history of the "many-worlds" philosophies and theories from ancient Greece to modern times. In addition, since she is a professor of religion, she is more focused on theological and philosophical history / effects of a many-worlds view than a purely scientific book would be. I have no problem with her doing so, but readers need to be aware of the focus of the book.

As far as content, I was surprised by some of her choices of historical figures and current scientists. I feel she left out important viewpoints and the most recent findings in multiverse theories. Also, I feel that she focused too much on little known, or fringe theories. For example, Hugh Everett III's work and its analysis should have been included. She is a gifted writer and the book is easy to read. As a result, the reader does not need a background in history or physics to understand the contents, but even so, at least some exposure to physics would be helpful.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2014
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Thorough coverage of multiverse theories including simulated universes. Some of the comparisons between religion and scientific cosmology seem to overlook the key difference of the cosmic intelligence element.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
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Does Quantum Physics or overlapping, multi-dimensional universes interest you? Do you watch the Discovery or History Channels? Then this book is for you. Mary-Jane Rubenstein brings us new theories about the universe. This book will question what people think they know. I loved this book and I wish there were more out there.
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