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Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos Paperback – February 14, 2006
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This new book by Michio Kaku is one of the latest efforts by leading-edge scientists to fulfill that felt need recognized by Bohr. Targeting the educated layman, Kaku addresses his audience in a manner that is both entertaining and non-intimidating. Instead of mathematical descriptions, he relies on everyday analogies to convey his meanings. He includes a good measure of the history behind the theories, spiced with anecdotes and humor. While tackling an inheritantly difficult subject matter, he has succeeded in making it about as accessible as it could possibly be for a lay audience.
I emphasize that this is an up-to-date account. Just a few years ago, some physicists were merely speculating about the possibilities of multiple universes, parallel worlds, time travel, worm holes...things that sounded then more like science fiction than fact. Data only recently acquired by the WMAP satellite and the rapid development of string theory (and its latest incarnation, M-theory) have caused many of the best minds to not only entertain the possibility of such phenomena but, in many cases, consider them necessary corollaries to any credible Grand Unified Theory ( i.e., a "theory of everything.Read more ›
Another theory, Alan Guth's inflationary universe theory, argues that the universe expanded much faster than the speed of light (possible because this was empty space that was expanding) and that the antigravity force which caused this original Big Bang still exists, allowing for more explosions, more inflation, and multi-universes.
Also, if we apply the quantum theory to the universe, we are forced to admit that the universe, like an electron, may exist simultaneously in many states.
Kaku asks the question, "What might these alternate universes look like?" Kaku theorizes that each time a new universe sprouts off from the original the physical laws change, creating entirely new realities. All of this gets even stranger when Kaku projects that all possible quantum worlds might exist simultaneously.
The author does not shy away from controversial issues, such as the Designer Universe. At one point he compares the likelihood of our world occurring by accident to a "Boeing 747 aircraft being completely assembled as a result of a tornado striking a junkyard."
PARALLEL WORLDS really gets interesting when Kaku discusses Nikolai Kardashev's classification of civilizations according to energy output. Type I would have harnessed planetary forms of energy.Read more ›
In Chapter One, Kaku summarizes in simplified form what he will discuss in the rest of the book -- and lo-and-behold I could understand it! He then gives a brief history of cosmology and delves into the development of cosmological thought. I stumbled through a lot of the material, but his writing and examples, often drawn from science fiction, were interesting, although not always comprehensible to me.
The most unique part of the book was his speculation that a near infinite number of different universes may exist in different dimensions and that someday, a billion or so years hence, we may learn to pass from one to another. In fact, as he points out, it may become necessary for the survival of the human race when our old star begins to burn out. Confirmed atheists may be offended by his frequent references to what sounds a lot like "God." His speculations on the nature of future civilizations, the possibilities of time travel, and man's search for the "theory of everything" were fascinating.
For the general reader who wants to take a tour of our universe -- its largest and smallest elements -- this is an excellent introduction.
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Michio Kaku is the marketer most popular coming out from his colleagues scientists. He is a good communicator with the masses. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rose
After not following physics for 30 years in any detail , I wanted to read a modern book that would catch me up on the more current theoretical physics ideas and theories. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Corvin Rok
So easy to read yet not dumbed down at all. I have a new passion for Cosmology and a basic understanding of it's evolution now in a way that I can explain to others! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Sierra
A bit boring and too general. A mass of subjects. A good book for who needs to have a general overview in Quantum Physics.Published 1 month ago by Fabrizio Ulivieri
Mind boggling book. You don't want to be here a couple billion years from now. If you haven't read a physics book in twenty years, you need to read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave
I found the first two sections ( the universe and the multiverse) informative. The explanation of inflation theory and string theory and some basic underlying principles was what I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PlatoFromTexas