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: ALLEN LANE
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 34mm | 645g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0713999780
  • ISBN 13: 9780713999785
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 110,644

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In this exhilarating new book, Brian Greene explores our most current understanding of the universe, its deepest laws of nature, and our continuing quest to know more. "The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics - relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational - have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe. In some, they are separated from us by enormous stretches of space or time, in others they're hovering millimetres away, in others still the very notion of their location proves to be a concept beyond our reach. Most extraordinarily, Greene shows how all of these parallel universe proposals emerge unbidden from the mathematics of theories developed to explain conventional data and observations of the cosmos. This is a life-changing book that gives us a true sense of the astounding possibilities of modern scientific investigation.

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Brian Greene is well known to many fans as a populariser of theoretical physics. He is the author of the bestselling books about string theory, The Elegant Universe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and The Fabric of the Cosmos. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he has taught at both Harvard and Cornell and has been Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University since 1996.

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By Rui Antunes 30 Apr 2011 3

In this book, Brian Greene describes how modern physical theories (as well as computational and philosophical theories) can lead to the conclusion of the existence of multiple (maybe infinite) universes (the multiverse): with up to nine multiverse models (some from distinct sources, some resulting in the mix of theories).

This is a book slightly different from The Elegant Universe or The Fabric of the Cosmos - which were more gradual and progressive (where Greene started from Classical Mechanics and went through Quantum Mechanics and String Theory to explain the Cosmos): each chapter describes (almosted isolated) one of the multiverse models, and in the last chapter, Greene merges all the ideas in an open conclusion.

The Holographic Universe was the one that Greene better described (since it is more related with String Theory, his field...) - and included a description of an experiment which seems to support String Theory.

Although not as brilliant as his previous books, it is an interesting book, about a subject that will for sure dominate theoretical physics for the next decades...

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Brian Greene's book The Hidden Reality is a tour de force of one of the most controversial areas of modern science - the possibility that there are multiple universes... Greene's ability as a populariser has matured with each new publication and this latest offering is his best yet -- Alastair Gunn Sky at Night