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In Search of the Multiverse Paperback – International Edition, September 21, 2010
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Gribbin stands out for succinctness and readability ... combines expert knowledge with straight-forward, no-frills exposition Andrew Crumey, Scotland on Sunday Five hundred years ago it was heresy to suggest that our planet was not at the centre of the universe ... Now John Gribbin postulates something that is equally controversial for our times - perhaps our universe is not the only one in existence Good Book Guide There are parallel universes where you're the editor of Focus and where Buddy Holly is planning a comeback tour ... Gribbin unpicks the science of parallel universes ... and, in this universe at least, it's brilliant BBC Focus magazine
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Is our universe just one of many?
The most fascinating mysteries in modern physics seem to point us in that direction. As impossible as it seems—that other universes came before ours, float alongside ours, or even mirror ours—the evidence is surprisingly convincing.
In his most mind-blowing, sweeping work since Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality, acclaimed science writer and astrophysicist John Gribbin takes readers In Search of the Multiverse, launching an extraordinary journey to the frontiers of reality. Touching on the newest research on quantum physics, thermodynamics, string theory, and even the nature of God, this brilliant tour of the current state of cosmology also goes beyond the realm of settled science to the astonishing questions theoretical physicists have only now begun to ask.
Gribbin has long been known for his ability to explain even the most bewildering and complex ideas in the simplest of terms, and that skill is fully on display here. In this new book, he reveals why even the greatest thinkers can't explain the realities of quantum physics without bumping up against the unimaginable. He explores certain anomalies in our Universe that only make sense when you incorporate ideas that were once found only in science fiction. But which fantastical notion of alternate universes is the right one?
Gribbin guides you expertly through the competing Multiverse theories, who thought them up, and what problems they were hoping to solve with such outlandish ideas. You'll visit a realm of infinite space containing an infinite number of regions separated by infinite distances and ruled by different sets of physical laws. You'll drift along an infinite time line, on which different universes are strung out, one after the other, like beads on a wire. And you'll leaf through an infinitely thick book stuffed with an infinite number of pages: each page a different universe, existing in a different dimension—tantalizingly close together, but eternally unable to communicate with each other.
If our universe is three-dimensional and infinite, how could it be inside something else? Is it possible to travel to one of these alternate universes? Are particles traveling there every moment? How can scientists prove the existence of the Multiverse if they can't travel to it? Read In Search of the Multiverse and enter a world that is more mind-bending, thought-provoking, and imagination-sparking than the fantasy worlds you'd discover in a bookstore full of science fiction novels.
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The concepts presented will surely not all turn out to be correct. But they are certainly interesting. And it is worthwhile to broaden our imagination.
That being said, this book is still heavy lifting for large chunks. Not having read much on quantum physics and especially string theory before, I found myself re-reading some chapters before being able to move on, but was rewarded for doing so.
Other reviewers say it better than I can, but I wanted to add my two cents on one important part. The final two chapters are the meat of the book, and fly by. Everything before is laying the foundation for Gribbin to lay out the latest and, for me, most surprising thinking in the field.
I really don't have much to say except that this book met my expectations and then some. I was looking for something on the topic the book covers, and this did it in a fun way. It was easy to understand and read and I enjoyed it. A definite keeper.