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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work
In many ways it is both a work on the science of string theory and parallel universes and a about the science culture. I had a great time reading it and can recommend it to anybody who are interested in extra dimensions.
Published on 11 Jun. 2010 by Henrik Skaksen Jacobsen

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight but disjointed and presumptous
The positive aspects of this sometimes convoluted book is that it, at times, gives an interesting and entertaining account of historical developments in physics, by a great scientist and writer.
Krauss explains the cultural and scientific aspects of extra dimensions, giving examples such as 'The Time-machine'. He then explores the inspiration given from cultural...
Published on 10 Jun. 2010 by N. Wallace


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight but disjointed and presumptous, 10 Jun. 2010
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N. Wallace (Newcastle, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond (Hardcover)
The positive aspects of this sometimes convoluted book is that it, at times, gives an interesting and entertaining account of historical developments in physics, by a great scientist and writer.
Krauss explains the cultural and scientific aspects of extra dimensions, giving examples such as 'The Time-machine'. He then explores the inspiration given from cultural artifacts and also their relevance quite aptly.

However, my main qualms with this book is that for a long period I thought I had received an early copy, usually handed out to reviewers before the book goes on general sale. I had thought this because the editing was so sloppy, full of errors and spelling mistakes, combined with sentences which end abruptly. Unfortunately I had the final copy. I wonder if the publisher even scanned the book before publishing.

Another problem seems to be that Krauss will go at length to explain, what I would consider, very easy concepts but at other times Krauss expects an enormous amount of understanding from the reader with only a brief summary of more difficult subjects.

The book also feels quite disjointed. At times the book will go over the historical and cultural influences of a scientific theory which may lull the reader and then very quickly explain complex theory. The reader may find him/herself re-reading over passages as they try to begin a new chapter, only to have not understood what was said in the last.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The mysterious allure of dimensions, 22 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond (Hardcover)
Perhaps because the publishers realised it would have a limited readership, its editing leaves a little to be desired in places.
Written by a well-respected scientist and science writer, it tackles some of the most difficult aspects of physics and the universe surrounding us.
"You must follow me carefully. I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted." So begins H.G. Wells' Time Traveller before his fictional journey; in many ways, it could have been Klauss's preface.
Probing into a world of the almost unbelievable in ways which make it seem believable and in an enjoyable, not too scientific style, it is an interesting but often puzzling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work, 11 Jun. 2010
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Henrik Skaksen Jacobsen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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In many ways it is both a work on the science of string theory and parallel universes and a about the science culture. I had a great time reading it and can recommend it to anybody who are interested in extra dimensions.
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