The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

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By (author) Brian Greene

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 443 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 25mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307278123
  • ISBN 13: 9780307278128
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 13,123

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The bestselling author of "The Elegant Universe" and "The Fabric of the Cosmos" tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe? There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each. Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? "The Hidden Reality" is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.

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Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University, where he is professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than twenty-five countries and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His first book, "The Elegant Universe," was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His second book, "The Fabric of the Cosmos, " was also a bestseller. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City. www.briangreene.org

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"If extraterrestrials landed tomorrow and demanded to know what the human mind is capable of accomplishing, we could do worse than to hand them a copy of this book." --Timothy Ferris, "The New York Times Book Review""Few living writers write so lucidly about such complicated stuff. In Greene's prose, cutting-edge cosmology and particle physics become something a plucky and well-rested reader can apprehend. . . Greene might be the best intermediary I've found between the sparkling, absolute zero world of mathematics and the warm, clumsy world of human language." --Anthony Doerr, "Boston Globe" "Mr. Greene has a gift for elucidating big ideas . . . Exciting and rewarding . . . ["The Hidden Reality"] captures and engages the imagination." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "It's impossible to summarize every step of Greene's balletic footwork, by which, like some multi-limbed Asian deity, he dances into being each different theoretical framework that could