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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192861891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192861894
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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beautifully written, making difficult scientific ideas seem accessible, almost easy. (Danah Zohar, Independent)

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Michio Kaku is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of the City University of New York. He is the author of other popular and graduate level books and for the past 10 years has hosted a weekly public-radio talk show on science and current events. He is an experienced and outstanding public speaker.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2002
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In this superbly written book, Michio Kaku explains it all and "solves" it all by the theory of hyperspace. Basically, it explains the futility of unifying the basic forces of nature in the present concept of 4-D space-time. In fact Albert Einstein had to add the fourth temporal dimension of time to explain the field theory of gravity. Later Theodr Kaluza, while expressing Einstein's field equations in five dimensions came to startling result in which Maxwell's field equations of electro-magnetism was included along with field equations of gravity. So, just by addition of one dimension, two fundamental forces of nature were getting unified. Much later the 11-dimensional supergravity theory encompassed all the forces as well as matter in its expression giving hope of the ultimate theory in offing. It was eventually abandoned because the equations were nonrenormalizable (nonsensical results). Of course, the latest offering is the 10-dimensional superstring theory and its successor the 11-dimensional M-theory. These theories are very promising, seeming to unify quantum theory and general relativity and steering clear of the troubles which beset previous higher dimensional theories. In fact, according to Kaku, at the instant of creation our universe was a 10-dimensional supersymmetric universe with all forces and matter/energy unified into one entity!
This book also delves into the origin and history of higher dimensional concepts, explained lucidly and brilliantly by Mr. Kaku. He explains that higher dimensional objects couldn't be visualized by us(3-D beings) and thus has to be viewed as projections or shadows on our 3-D space or even unravel them in our space(like a "tesseract", which is an unraveled hypercube).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Spiros on 9 Jun. 2009
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This book mainly deals with the 10 dimensions of the string theory.

I will start my review with the minor drawbacks of the book. First of all it is quite old. 1994 is 15 years older than our era, witch is quite a lot of time for science. Secondly, i dont want to sound like an arrogant but for me this was the 11th book of popular science that i've read, and to be honest it rarely said anything i didnt already know. Some people said that it got into to many details. On the contrary, i believe that it lacked some deeper details for the more enthousiast reader. But that's all the drawbacks i could think of.

The book is superb! I read it in 3-4 days, it is quite a record for me (i am not native english speaker), and that alone shows how addictive it was. It is highly enjoyable, very well written and very makes you visualize in your mind in a exciting way various terms, such as the topology of space etc. All the terms are extremely well analysed to the point that you feel it is like a fairy tale. I guess that for an unexperienced reader in popular science, reading this book will be a major philosofical shock. Learning for the first time about the double slit experiment, parallel worlds, topology of the universe is not an easy think!

Michio Kaku is an exceptional writter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao on 15 Nov. 2007
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This is an odyssey into the history of development of the concept of hyperspace that includes fourth and higher spatial dimensions to account for the riddles and unsolved problems of unified field theory. Since the postulation of special theory of relativity, Einstein and subsequent physicists until now have struggled to explain the four natural forces; the electromagnetic force (explained by Maxwell's field equations for electricity & magnetism); the strong and weak nuclear forces (explained by Yang - Mills field equations for subatomic forces); and the gravitational force (explained by Einstein's field equations of gravitation and relativity) by one unified field theory (theory of everything: String Theory). In other words, unifying the forces of the big, the cosmos, and the laws of the small, the microcosm (subatomic forces) by one single theory. The first part of the book describes how laws of nature become so simple to understand if higher dimensions are invoked; the author gives us a good historical background to build his case for hyperspace concept. The second part of the book describes the evolution of quantum mechanics and String theory. An introduction to wormholes, black holes and the use of these cosmic bodies for interstellar travel is given in the third part. The fourth part rambles through the future of the universe with irrelevant and some times out of focus narrative. The book is entirely free of physics and mathematics; from the point of understanding the basic concepts this approach is welcome. This book also gives an insight into the poignant story of Riemann (p.42) and Ramanujan (p.174) who sustained enormous personal and family hardships to contribute significantly in the field of mathematics.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 9 Feb. 2005
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Art Bell interviewed eminent physicist Dr. Michio Kaku on his night time talk show Coast to Coast AM (still on the air in the USA but hosted by George Noory). Dr. Michio Kaky explained theories of the universe in a rational manner which made complex theories come alive in this listener's imagination. He provided descriptions that were palatable to a lay audience. He even entertained answering questions on the air. This taste led me to buy the book. Mankind has contemplated his or her place in the cosmos and exploring "what lies beyond " or "how the universe functions" since time immemorial. This book provides explanations to enhance the understanding many people seek ...

The most fascinating and intriguing concept in the book refers to the ten dimensions of hyperspace. Basic explanations are given for the strong force, weak force, gravitational force, electromagnetic force but the magic in this book lies in the descriptions of the quest for "unified theory" which will explain the operation of the universe in one single equation to the satisfaction of every theorist. The new geometry first conceived by George Bernard Reimann in 1854 was the most important mathematical conceptual discovery heading in this direction, toward solving this puzzle. This mathematical discovery revealed an equation for the fourth dimension. This revolutionary concept created the geometric patterns possible to explain the existence of higher dimensions in the universe. Space travel, multiple dimensions, parallel universes, superstring theory, black holes, time warps, and paradoxes are explained with lucidity in this book. The "Big Bang" theory is compared to the Biblical explanation.
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