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Hiding in the Mirror: The Quest for Alternate Realities, from Plato to String Theory (by way of Alicei n Wonderland, Einstein, and The Twilight Zone) Paperback – November 28, 2006
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“A brilliant, thrilling book . . . You’ll have so much fun reading that you’ll hardly notice you’re getting a primer on contemporary physics and cosmology.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
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While they are ultimately concerned with the same speculative ideas about extra dimensions, Krauss and Randall's books are in many ways different. Randall is writing about her own research work, so on the one hand she is a partisan for these ideas, on the other she gets to tell the inside story of exactly how she came up with them. She goes to a lot of trouble to dig in and try and explain in as simple terms as possible the details of the physics that motivates this research, as well as exactly what it is trying to achieve, how it has evolved in recent years and where it seems to be going. Krauss also covers these topics, but is (justifiably in my view) more of a skeptic, and sets the whole story in a wider context of the long history of this kind of speculation. If you've read Randall's book, you should seriously consider reading Krauss for a different point of view. If you read Krauss and want a much more extended exposition on some of these topics, Randall is the place to go.
Krauss begins by telling the story of an episode of the Twilight Zone TV program that had quite an impact on him when he was very young.Read more ›
In his book, he shows that String Theory and all that is connected to it, is just the modern day version of "The Emperor's New Clothes". You have people with degrees saying that if you look hard enough, you can just make out the color of the suit, the fine style, and how well it looks on you. Krauss is one of the individuals to point out, "but look, he's really naked!" There really are no clothes.(proof) He very politely tries to explain this to you, when I think that secretly he would love to just yell out and tell you that String Theory is BS.
Krauss appears to have written two books . The first part of the book is a dissection of the concept of other dimensions in popoular culture with references to the scientific developments of the time. The second part of the book is an inspection of work of physicists from Relativity to the development of string theory.
It appears that multi dimension models (26 dimensions ) were developed for the Strong Force unti newer theories were able to abrogate the use of them. Kaluza and Klein were able to develop a theory which Maxwell's equations drops out of Gerneral Relativity if one considers five dimensions. The effect of electromagnetism is actually residual gravity in these models.
So there appeared to be one model to develop Grand unification by invoking mutlitdinmensions.
String theory-the belief that matter is a closed loop of vibrating energy has been impressive as a 'first draft' Some of the theory appears to be a modern rehashing of Kaluza -Klein for for a theory of quantum gravity. However as a second draft there appears no closure and the theory appears to be getting more complicated while at the same time explaining less and less.While string theory is impressive in explaining Quantum gravity it appears to be reaching the dimensions of religion in that many of its claims can't be tested, predicts little such as the Hierarchy problem and other theories have unified the strong,weak and electromagnetic forces without subscribing to 11 dimenisional space as M theory requires.Read more ›
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For those of us not physicists or mathematicians, the concepts in this book are challenging but also enlightening. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott North
Buy this book. It makes brains happy. Very interesting and well written.Published 6 months ago by Mike Przewoznik
to read it is a...MUST., to enhance your mind trying to understand the WORLD.Published 14 months ago by hernani morgante cortes
This is a fascinating book. It works a bit as a history of the interest in dimensions – the three of our apparent experience and the exploration many have made of the possibilities... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William S Jamison
I have always been interested in science. In the late 70's I came across a book by Martin Gardner called "The Ambidextrous Universe" and it rekindled that interest. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Patrick Clark
Science aside, this book is poorly written. Other reviews mention "rambling" and "disjointed." I must concur. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by DJenner8
I was in a science fiction writing class, and I bought this book just to satisfy my curiosity in a way Wikipedia couldn't. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Carrie Gold
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