Tracking the arc of discovery from early 20th-century physics to today's particle physics and string theory, a Harvard physics professor leads readers on a fascinating journey into the idea that there may be an extra dimension--in fact another universe--just inches away. Illustrations.Tracking the arc of discovery from early 20th-century physics to today's particle physics and string theory, a Harvard physics professor leads readers on a fascinating journey into the idea that there may be an extra dimension--in fact another universe--just inches away. Illustrations.Read Less
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easy to read, nice writing style, just enough tech level to stay interesting without the boring heavy details that only a student would have to read. These books are for the individual interested in various scientific topics without getting to heavy handed in the math or concepts to make them a lifelong career.
Mar 21, 2008
This book is a very easy read, its has such interesting information in it, and Randall manages to cover it in a simplistic manner. All your science fiction dreams are made into a possibility by Randall's coverage of Physics. Though it may be mostly theory, nonetheless it is very fun to think about her views on the formation of the universe. The author states that her goal is to show the current physics in an interesting and readable manner, and I find that she has accomplished her goal very well.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-11 The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive as any idea can be. Indeed, although Harvard physicist Randall does a very nice job of explaining-often deftly through the use of creative analogies-how our universe may have many unseen dimensions, readers' heads are likely to be swimming by the end of the book. Randall works hard to make her astoundingly complex material understandable, providing a great deal of background for recent advances in string and supersymmetry theory. As coauthor of the two most important scientific papers on this topic, she's ideally suited to popularize the idea. What is absolutely clear is that physicists simply do not yet know if there are extra dimensions a fraction of a millimeter in size, dimensions of infinite size or only the dimensions we see. What's also clear is that the large hadron collider, the world's most powerful tool for studying subatomic particles, is likely to provide information permitting scientists to differentiate among these ideas soon after it begins operation in Switzerland in 2007. Randall brings much of the excitement of her field to life as she describes her quest to understand the structure of the universe. B&w illus. Agent, John Brockman. (Sept. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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