Mondi paralleli indaga a sua volta i misteri del cosmo in un viaggio che partendo dal Big Bang e passando per le teorie che postulano l’esistenza di un...more
Help, help! I'm surrounded by microscopic wormholes and baby universes!
12 July 2013:
I have just finished the best pop-science book I have ever read (including Balcombe's "Pleasurable Kingdom" which I found very well-written, perfectly constructed and also very touching; a no. 1 until now).
The subject of the book is mind-blowing and it is extremely difficult to stay focused on the reading for a length of time, because it inspires and stretches imagination to the limits. I just couldn...more
The Large Hadron Collider(LHC) came online this year. Some scientists predicted that LHC could create black hole, which could destroy the earth. We all know what happened now. Dr. Kaku talked about LHC in his book - LHC could only create black hole in subatomic level with...more
Ok, then comes P...more
Kaku (Hyperspace) teaches theoretical physics at City University of New York. Sound daunting? It is-considering he deals with recent satellite data suggesting that mysterious dark energy makes up nearly three-quarters of the universe. Parallel Worlds, which meshes Kaku's interests in physics and futurology, asks hair-raising questions: Do higher dimensions exist? Can black holes bend time? And if our universe is dying, will we be able to jump ship to another? Kaku runs through the recent history...more
The first part is a an excellent account of the history of modern science told in Michio Kaku's impeccably witty and easily-understood narrative. As such I would recommend this book as a natural continuation of for instance Thomas S. Kuhn's "The Copernican Revolution" or some other similar book about the history of science in general. Parallel Worlds picks up naturally and leads us into the t...more
The title comes from the notion that there...more
The syrupy and hyperbole-riddled language is guaranteed to cause misunderstanding in anyone unfamiliar with cosmology, and irritation in anyone already familiar with cosmology. But hey, it's a popular science book, you sort of expect that.
Kaku attributes the "discovery" of dark matter and dark energy to the WMAP data....more
This book is very understandable, even for someone who does not have a lot of knowledge in physics. I loved the theories and the speculation a quite a lot too. "Is our Universe in a cd-rom?", "Is there a purpose to the Universe?", are questions that are posed at the end of the book, matters that I love to think about. Understanding the string and the M theory, as well as many others, was also very rewarding!
Having a better understanding...more
A lot has happened with quantum physics and M-theory since this book was published in 2006, but Kaku does an excellent job of explaining the b...more
The first third of the book was a good refresher and had me thinking, “I know this stuff”. . in fact, I felt a little cocky and questioned why I chose this book. Then came the heavy...more
First of all, the alleged topics of the book are the multiverse, alternate worlds, escape from one universe into another, teleportation, time travel and other such sci...more
Even though it failed me there, it was a great book to review a lot of what I remember being covered in Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos". I definitely spaced out during some sections either because it was covering stuff that I've read about dozens of times already (history of science th...more
So why is he just so fantastic? Michio Kaku is not only gifted in his abilities as a physicists (he is co-founder of string field theory, has written textbooks, articles, novels, etc. in the field of physics...more
Good parts about this book included:
- In depth look at the progression towards string theory
- Expanding galaxy and how in the future, we will only see our galaxy
- Details and history about night sky observations, comets, telescopes
- Details about particle acc...more
I took four...more
The first few chapters get the reader up to speed with the basics of cosmology an...more
He approaches advanced topics in physics from the perspectives of art, music, and literature. I was shocked to learn that Edgar Allen Poe was an amateur physicist who first proposed some legitimate theories.
Overall, it's very interesting, though Parallel Worlds often seems to suffer from it's own form of paradox. It tries sometimes to be too approachable: repeating simple concepts most seventh graders can easil...more
If you've spent time reading books like "The Elegant Universe", "The Fabric of the Cosmos", or "4% Universe", a LOT of this will serve as a very high-level review. However, even then, Kaku's review of gravity comes with a few interesting and vivid examples, and for that alone it may be worth reading for the cosmologically curious.
The final chapters are great fun if you like...more
He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011).
Dr. Michio is the co-founder of string field t...more