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4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Read, March 20, 2000
This review is from: The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics (Hardcover)
There are currently several books dealing with new theories in physics, they are fascinating but I found the "End of Time" a bit disappointing after all the newspaper hype. What I want in a book of this type are three things, firstly to be educated on the general theoretical background, entertainingly presented the history of the subject up to the present day, secondly the author must, as succinctly as possible, explain their theory; show where it supports and where it overturns conventional ideas. Finally the books must present conclusions, sketch out the likely impact of the new concept. The "End of Time" devotes many pages to arguments in favour of the author's thesis, in a way that will bore the general reader but is unlikely to convince the physicist. Near the end of the book my feeling was ok ok you win, just tell me the implications, but that's the problem, the author refuses to speculate, possibly on the spurious grounds that predictions are impossible in a world without time. In summary a long, confusing and eventually a frustrating read. If you want to see how a book of this type should be handled read the unbelievably good "The Inflationary Universe" by Alan H. Guth.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2007 9:38:22 AM PST
I grant that this is a difficult book for a 'lay reader', but find that in end the points are well made and the implications very exciting and mind expanding, to say the least. However, perhaps, the first chapter has not been given sufficient credit by the reviewer as an excellent road map and a kind of pre-conclusion of where the author was aiming. The implications of ideas in this book clearly and more than scientific, however, and I find those psychological and cultural implications as exciting as the science.
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