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This review is from: The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions (Hardcover)
This book is a fairly ease to read history of Dr Yao's involvement with topological studies and mathematics. It also details in some degree the hand in hand partnership that has developed between theoretical physicists and mathematicians in the quest for a theory of everything. The degree of mathematical explanation in the book is simple to follow and , if I were to pose a criticism, I would have wanted a bit more depth and exposition.
A second critique is the highly speculative presentation of the last chapters that describes the wishful thinking science of those who want to extract absurd explanations from the basics of 'string theory' and M-theory. Absent solid observational evidence, I think the book would have been better served to have not wasted those pages.
Over all, the book describes a fascinating avenue of exploration by modern day theorists, and, I think it will stimulate most readers to have a deeper understanding of the material presented.