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# The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

According to string theory, we live in a ten-dimensional universe; but only four are accessible to our everyday senses. The remaining six are curled up in bizarre structures known as Calabi-Yau manifolds. In

*The Shape of Inner Space*, Shing-Tung Yau, the man who mathematically proved that these manifolds exist, shows that not only is geometry fundamental to string theory, i ...morePaperback, 377 pages

Published
March 6th 2012
by Basic Books
(first published September 7th 2010)

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Jul 25, 2012
Chris
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it was amazing
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Shelves:
mathematics,
physics

Mathematicians aren't really known for their writing skills. I mean come on, they scribble numbers, greek letters, and symbolic junk in general on a whiteboard expecting every layman to understand it. They even deviate from their own mathematical language and substitute conventional symbols for their own, then frown upon their colleagues if they fail to grasp the concept that they're talking about. But don't fret,

*The Shape Of Inner Space*is written in plain english, and written well. It's about ...moreThis is not only one of the best science books I have read, it is among the best books I have read. I feel like I have a glimps ...more

But The Shape of Inner Space is for a narrow audience that consists of mathematicians, physicists, and nerdy types like me who don't mind slogging through some pretty cerebral stuff to glean a fuzzy, rudimentary, understanding of the interplay between geometry and string-theory.

Like mo ...more

I actually knew Prof. Yau when I was a graduate student at Stanford University in the 1970s. I chatted with him in Cantonese, and we also talked philosophy and religion from time to time. My thesis work was in a different field than this, but I have always followed his work. It was a pleasure to read this book that sets out so ably these important developments ...more

This is a fascinating story about the development of the mathematical concept of extra spatial dimensions known as Calabi-Yau spaces and its application in the string theory. The author speaks candidly, and describes his excitement at emerging new ideas in physics and mathematics, and how it progressed in string theory, and in the process changed his perspectives. Over the last 35 years this idea has shape ...more

It's very hard to make one of these books which try to convey the excitement of a math heavy field without much of the math, and this author does an excellent job. His excitement for geometry really comes through and I like how he shows his interest wasn't always in geometry but showed the improbable route by which he arrived.

The danger of making these books too interesting for me at least is I'll end up looking at ...more

Aug 04, 2016
Stephen Lee
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it was ok
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review of another edition

Shelves:
science,
mathematics

*The Calabi-Yau manifolds that I discovered ... my graduate student (..) ... the SYZ conjectured named after me ... Did I mention the Calabi-Yau manifolds named after me?*

But actually the first 100 pages interested me, when Yau described the his research into the important work he did in differential geometry. But then came the string theory bit for most of the book which is just not interesting to me due to its crazy and unverifiable nature (not to bash the theory or the notion of hypothesizing t ...more

The more math you know, the more you will get out of this book. In my case I was very pleased that he connected some dots with math that had always been unclear to me from other popularizations of the topic.

Sep 21, 2012
Alan Dean
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really liked it
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science,
mathematics

Be warned: this is not for readers who are not familiar with the subject, but if you are at the point of saying "I'm bored with the same-old pop science books about particle physics" then this is an excellent next-step in your reading. Be warned though, there are some pretty heavy-duty parts. However, if you want to understand why particle physicists believe certain theories 'because of their beauty' then this will give you a glimpse into their inner eye and it is an astonishing vision.

but really interesting.

May 06, 2015
D.W. McAliley
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it was amazing
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This is not a light or easy read, but it has some great information. Very detailed about the process of development for the Calabi-Yau manifolds that are helping to explain the most intricate details of our physical universe.

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