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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492285625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492285625
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Thomas studied physics in the James Clerk Maxwell Building in Edinburgh University, and received his doctorate from Swansea University in 1992.

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Having given Hidden in Plain Sight 2 the most emphatic 5 star review I've ever given any book, I was most disappointed in this third title. The preface promised a book reading like a murder mystery with a final twist, but I didn't find any significant insights in it. I kept waiting for the punchline and then suddenly found myself at the end of the book. As far as I can tell, the final twist is that time is involved in the definition of energy (which is the time component of the momentum 4-vector) and therefore the universe would be very different without it - not really much of an original insight to my mind.

Most of the material that I hadn't already seen in many other books on the subject (time dilation, block universe etc) was either incomplete or just wrong. Two examples

- The reason why we can't remember the future is given that events that are outside the light cone in our past are space-, rather than time-like, But what about events that are inside our future light cone. Those ARE connectable to us via light rays, so why (in principle) can't we remember them? If the answer is "well, light can't go back in time", then isn't this just begging the question?
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Very well written and I have read Hidden In Plain Sign 1 and 2, plus I will definitely buy number 4, which is in the offing. As a non professional interested in this field, it was written at the level that most people could understand, in what is a complex subject.
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For a non-specialist reader, this book, or at least its second half, contains the clearest explanation of Relativity that I have yet come across. So many 'popular' accounts are fine until they take refuge in mathematical intricacy just as they need to explain Einstein's equation. Thomas, on the other hand, takes us patiently through explanations of "c" (the 'cosmic speed'), the reciprocal relationships between space and time and between energy and mass, the nature of momentum, the need for a stationary object to compensate by having maximum momentum - "mc" - through Time, so that by now even a novice like myself could share that eureka moment of bringing another "c" into the equation as the rate at which energy continues to be saved through time - hence E=mc squared! Obviously there is more to it than that, but Thomas has the effect, on this reader at least, of encouraging and giving direction to further thought and research.

I can nevertheless understand the negative reviews that have appeared so far. His first two 'Hidden in Plain Sight' books were just as stimulating but managed to be tightly and logically constructed throughout, whereas the first half of HIPS3 is wildly digressive. You can tell Thomas is losing control of his material when he feels obliged to say "there is no place in physics for feelings"! Just a few pages earlier he has turned bereavement counsellor and tried to argue that we should feel more upbeat about death because, according to his favoured 'block universe' theory, all times are equally real, the time of death being no more real than any other event on our 'world line', which exists eternally. Hmm...
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One of the more clearly set out books on time. Although I have reservations about his conclusions, this in no way detracts from a well constructed book.
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An interesting and thought provoking read, but I did not find it quite so persuasive or as well written as the first book of the series.
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As usual by this author a wonderful book enlightening me. Certainly has made me think of the possibilities of time and space as to how they are connected.
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This book really revealed some wonderful insights...that we are all moving through space time at the speed of light. Brilliant.
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I'm still trying to get my head around spacetime; I'm on the second reading in the hope that it will click.However the description and explanation of Entropy is the best I've read as is the maths and description of Einsteins time dilation.
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