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, Read by Brian Greene

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio | 12 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 148mm x 30mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 25 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0739383523
  • ISBN 13: 9780739383520
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 687,998

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There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different "multiverse" proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgangers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of mathematics. Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality's true nature may be deeply hidden within them.

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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. His first book, "The Elegant Universe," was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, "The Fabric of the Cosmos," was also a national bestseller.

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"An in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology . . . Greene presents a lucid, intriguing, and triumphantly understandable state-of-the-art look at the universe." --"Publishers Weekly" (Starred review) "From the Hardcover edition."