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.
"There was a time when universe' meant all there is,' " writes Greene, but soon we may have to redefine that word, along with our own meager understanding of the cosmos. A theoretical physicist and celebrated author, Greene offers intrepid readers another in-depth yet marvelously accessible look inside the perplexing world of modern theoretical physics and cosmology. Greene's book The Elegant Universe explained late 20th-century efforts to find a unified theory of everything, culminating with string theory. But string theory opened up a new can of worms, hinting at the possible existence of multiple universes and other strange entities. The possibility of other universes existing alongside our own like holes in "a gigantic block of Swiss cheese" seems more likely every day. Beginning with relativity theory, the Big Bang, and our expanding universe, Greene introduces first the mind-blowing multiplicity of forms those parallel universes might take, from patchwork quilts or stretchy "branes" to landscapes and holograms riddled with black holes. With his inspired analogies starring everyone from South Park's Eric Cartman to Ms. Pac-Man and a can of Pringles, Greene presents a lucid, intriguing, and triumphantly understandable state-of-the-art look at the universe. Illus.
The full Monty
Mr. Green takes the time to expose the full view of multiverse options for non-scientists.
While many books and series try to corral participants to a specific theory or concept, this book allows and expects you to think for yourself.
Thank you Brian for putting a popular presentation with a technical reference appropriate for the arm chair scientist in all of us.
Fascinating...Greene does it again!
The book is wonderfully written and Brian Greene has continued his success for writing and expressing deep scientific concepts and theories in a manner that many non-scientist can enjoy and understand like myself. I would highly recommend this book and Green's other works if you have even just a slight interest in the subject matter...you'll walk away from the book with a much more appreciation for how far we have come to understanding the universe, spark the imagination and make you question what reality really is.
Thanks, Brian for yet another wonderful journey.
Not at all scientific
The amount of conjecture in this book being passed off as science is astounding. None of his theories have been at all substantiated.