Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

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By (author) Professor of Theoretical Physics Michio Kaku

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 428 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400033721
  • ISBN 13: 9781400033720
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 80,403

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In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, "What happened before the big bang?" This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.

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Dr. Michio Kaku is professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and a co-founder of string field theory. He is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including "Visions," "Beyond Einstein," and "Hyperspace," which was named one of the best science books of the year by the" New York Times" and the "Washington Post." He hosts a nationally syndicated radio science program and has appeared on such national television shows as "Nightline," "60 Minutes," "Good Morning America," and "Larry King Live."

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" In Parallel Worlds, Michio Kaku brings his formidable explanatory talents to bear on one of the strangest and most exciting possibilities to have emerged from modern physics: that our universe may be but one among many, perhaps infinitely many, arrayed in a vast cosmic network. With deft use of analogy and humor, Kaku patiently introduces the reader to variations on this theme of parallel universes, coming from quantum mechanics, cosmology, and most recently, M-theory. Read this book for a wonderful tour, with an expert guide, of a cosmos whose comprehension forces us to stretch to the very limits of imagination." -- Brian Greene, Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics, Columbia University, and author of "The Fabric of the Cosmos "and "The Elegant Universe" " Kaku employs an amiable style that does much to make the story accessible even for those of us who have trouble telling the difference between superstring theory and Silly String aerosol. . . . Fascinating and sometimes downright boggling." - "Sci Fi Magazine" " Kaku covers a tremendous amount of material . . . in a clear and lively way." - "Los Angeles Times Book Review" " One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein revolutionized the science of cosmology. In "Parallel Worlds," Michio Kaku, another genius, updates us on the this science and speculates about the future of the universe." - "San Antonio Express-News" " Those who might enjoy a tour of cosmology, time travel, string theory, and the universe in 10 or 11 dimensions will find no better guide than Michio Kaku, a rare individual who has undertaken research in these subject areasyet also knows well how to present this intriguing, complex material in an engaging and easily assimilable style." -- Donald Goldsmith, author of "The Runaway Universe" and "Connecting with the Cosmos" " A highly readable and exhilarating romp through the frontiers of cosmology." -- Martin Rees, author of "Our Cosmic Habitat "and "Our Final Century" " A roller-coaster ride through the universe-- and beyond-- by one of the world's finest science writers. Michio Kaku shows that the surface familiarity of the physical world conceals a wonderland of weird entities-- dark matter and energy, hidden dimensions of space, and tiny loops of vibrating string that hold the cosmos together. In the universe according to Kaku, reality is as mind-bending as the most exhilarating science fiction." -- Paul Davies, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, and author of "How to Build a Time Machine" " Michio Kaku has done it again. In "Parallel Worlds," he deftly transforms the frontier of physics into a kind of amusement park, where you actually have fun while reading about Einstein's relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory. But the real story here is how Kaku invokes these powerful tools to speculate about multiple universes and their philosophical implications for our perceptions of God and the meaning of life." -- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, and author of "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution"

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Is our universe dying? Could there be other universes? In "Parallel Worlds," world-renowned physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku"--an" author who "has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth" "(Wall Street Journal)--takes readers on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe. In his first book of physics since "Hyperspace, Michio Kaku begins by describing the extraordinary advances that have transformed cosmology over the last century, and particularly over the last decade, forcing scientists around the world to rethink our understanding of the birth of the universe, and its ultimate fate. In Dr. Kaku's eyes, we are living in a golden age of physics, as new discoveries from the WMAP and COBE satellites and the Hubble space telescope have given us unprecedented pictures of our universe in its infancy. As astronomers wade through the avalanche of data from the WMAP satellite, a new cosmological picture is emerging. So far, the leading theory about the birth of the universe is the "inflationary universe theory," a major refinement on the big bang theory. In this theory, our universe may be but one in a multiverse, floating like a bubble in an infinite sea of bubble universes, with new universes being created all the time. A parallel universe may well hover a mere millimeter from our own. The very idea of parallel universes and the string theory that can explain their existence was once viewed with suspicion by scientists, seen as the province of mystics, charlatans, and cranks. But today, physicists overwhelmingly support string-theory, and its latest iteration, M-theory, as it is this onetheory that, if proven correct, would reconcile the four forces of the universe simply and elegantly, and answer the question "What happened before the big bang?" Already, Kaku explains, the world's foremost physicists and astronomers are searching for ways to test the theory of the multiverse using highly sophisticated wave detectors, gravity lenses, satellites, and telescopes. The implications of M-theory are fascinating and endless. If parallel worlds do exist, Kaku speculates, in time, perhaps a trillion years or more from now, as appears likely, when our universe grows cold and dark in what scientists describe as a big freeze, advanced civilizations may well find a way to escape our universe in a kind of "inter-dimensional lifeboat." An unforgettable journey into black holes and time machines, alternate universes, and multidimensional space, "Parallel Worlds gives us a compelling portrait of the revolution sweeping the world of cosmology.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Preface PART ONE: THE UNIVERSE Chapter One: Baby Pictures of the Universe Chapter Two: The Paradoxical Universe Chapter Three: The Big Bang Chapter Four: Inflation and Parallel Universes PART TWO: THE MULTIVERSE Chapter Five: Dimensional Portals and Time Travel Chapter Six: Parallel Quantum Universes Chapter Seven: M-Theory: The Mother of All Strings Chapter Eight: A Designer Universe? Chapter Nine: Searching for Echoes from the Eleventh Dimension PART THREE: ESCAPE INTO HYPERSPACE Chapter Ten: The End of Everything Chapter Eleven: Escaping the Universe Chapter Twelve: Beyond the Multiverse Notes Glossary Recommended Reading Index