- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (October 20, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670033952
- ISBN-13: 978-0670033959
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond 1st Edition
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There are few scientific ideas as captivating as the notion that our universe might have other dimensions than the three (plus time) that we experience. Physicist Krauss offers an erudite and well-crafted overview of the role multiple dimensions have played in the history of physics. This isn't an easy book, even with a writer as talented as Krauss (whom some will recognize as the author of The Physics of Star Trek and Beyond Star Trek) serving as one's Virgil. Long on science and short on its connections with culture, the book is essentially an introduction to the physics and mathematics of extra dimensions with a few more or less disconnected chapters that touch on how these ideas show up in art and popular culture; there's more on brane-world and the ekpyrotic universe than on Plato's cave, whose inhabitants could not perceive reality in all its dimensions, or Buckaroo Banzai. Those who are willing to put in the requisite effort will be amply rewarded with a unique and impressive survey of scientists' astonishing and evolving understanding of the nature of the universe in all its visible and hidden dimensions. (Oct. 24)
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“An astonishing and brilliantly written work of popular science.” —Science a GoGo
“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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, albeit at times the challenge of truly comprehending all the content was above where I need to be. People may be afraid to try to read complex theories but it is important we all do comprehend the discovery that is the essence of who we are and where we are going.
If you are up for that challenge, then you have to read this book.
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