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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,731 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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The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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As an undergraduate physicist, this book has reminded me why I chose the subject!
Kaku's book takes you through all the ideas that have been put forward about multi-dimensional space in a fascinating way. Adding extra dimensions to our universe, instead of the usual three of space and one of time, has amazing consequences. It can unify all the forces in a beautifully simple way, enable time and space travel and maybe even explain paranormal phenomena! The chapters are split down into subheadings and this makes the physics a lot easier to digest.
'Hyperspace' is so enthralling it is extremely hard to put down. It has just the right balance between science and entertainment that makes it perfect for all to read. The ideas within this book really stretch your imagination to the limit and you will find yourself talking about the ideas to others. I would recommend this book, and Kaku's others, to anyone.
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I'm not a physicist by any stretch of the imagination but I am interested in the physical sciences from the very small to the very large and in recent years I've started to enjoy popular works by authors like Sagan, Cox and Hawking (I read them in that order and it helps to do it that way, Hawking is a bit steep as a starting point). hyperspace was recommended by Amazon based on the others I'd bought and the reviews were good so I thought I'd give it a shot. How dissapointed was I? Very! This book is hokum, most of the intro is spent trying to convince the reader that hyperspace is real not just made up and that real, proper scientists are reasearching it, honest they are. In its defense it was published quite a while ago and perhaps the style of writing puts me off but I couldn't finish it, it really is just rubbish. Started reading Dyson's Disturbing the Universe instead and 11 pages in it is already vastly superior.
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