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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT SHAPE, 9 July 2011
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This review is from: The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions (Hardcover)
Although this book emanates from a mathematical context, it has been co-authored by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis and impeccably offers two complementary perspectives.

In doing so it provides a fascinating and unusual account not normally described in many general physics books extolling the viewpoint of the mathematician over that of the physicist, highlighting the fundamental differences in approach each takes to similar physical problems and how mathematics manages to overcome many of the obstacles faced by the physicist in explaining Quantum reality. This is incredibly interesting to discover and not something I have seen elsewhere.

However, the main premise of the book leaves you utterly breathless as both Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau take us on a journey never before presented in a way that opens up the mysteries of Calabi-Yau manifolds and ten and eleven dimensional spacetime. Shing-Tung Yau describes the heartache as well as the ecstasy of discovering the intricacies of multi dimensional spaces.

There is little in the way of mathematics other than fairly straight-forward schoolboy algebra and precious little of that. However, the physical concepts he describes, textually, whilst written in plain English, are truly astounding and well worth taking the ride to discover.

This is a truly worthwhile read. Please do not be put off by others attempts to place this book in an elite league that can only be understood by physics professors. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only perquisite to enjoyment of this book is an open mind and a healthy desire to learn. Please enjoy this book for what it is, an outstanding view of quantum reality.
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