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The Universe Next Door: The Making of Tomorrow's Science

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The idea that an atom can be in two places at once defies logic. Yet this is now an established scientific fact. In The Universe Next Door, science writer Marcus Chown examines a dozen mind-bending new ideas that also fly in the face of reason--but that, according to eminent scientists, might just be crazy enough to be true.
Could time run backwards? Is there a fifth dime
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Paperback, 191 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2002)
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Parksy
Cool book on the new theories in physics - specifically quantum physics.

Immortality in an alternate quantum reality? Black holes that give birth to new universes? Galactic regions where time runs backward? Mere fiction simply cannot keep up with the wild rush of contemporary science. And no writer makes it easier for general readers to come along for the dizzying ride than Chown, cosmology consultant for New Scientist. Whether assessing the latest evidence for comet-borne life or probing the imp
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Jordan Clark
The Universe Next Door contains lots of interesting concepts from theoretical physics – mainly the more exotic implications of theories such as general relativity and quantum mechanics. It explores a number of ideas that have captivated both professional scientists and curious laymen alike since Einstein's annus mirabilis.

The author, Marcus Chown, discusses many ideas that have been popularised by the likes of Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose and Max Tegmark, to name but a few.

The b
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Phoebe
If you are not familiar with quantum theory and relativity theory then these essays will certainly seem like science fiction and will be very difficult to take seriously. This is because the background for these theories is not given here. However Chown knows that quantum physics hobbyists such as myself are everywhere, making this kind of book a plausible money spinner. For those familiar with the bizarre world of quantum physics, these theories that Chown describes are some of the more (and le ...more
Jmassa
Interesting and easy-to-read survey of some of the more astounding postulations in recent Physics and Astronomy.

'Easy-to-read' is why I didn't appreciate this book more. Obviously, unless you are a scientist and 'get' the math, you can't really understand the mind-bending theories presented.

But the best science writing uses metaphors and detailed descriptions of experiments to help the non-specialist who is willing to think hard at least approach understanding. There's little of this kind of w
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Dan
Fascinating material...although I get the feeling that when theoretical physicists know that their predictions won't be testable in their lifetimes (if ever), that they just start making up crazy stuff in order to get attention. A fun read regardless, and it definitely gets the imagination going on all kinds of bizarre tangents. Note: I filed this under non-fiction, but I'm not really sure that is completely appropriate.
Shad
Excellent exploratory science writing that celebrates the creativity and wonder of the universe. Well written and with an ear towards layman like myself.
Andrew Keppler
Yes. It's pseudoscience and fringe science.
No. I don't care. It's an interesting read and fun, I just wouldn't take it to be gospel.
Bharath Ramakrishnan
Very interesting book with a number of different theories about the universe. Definitely recommended!
David Krohn
Occam's razor need not apply.
Paul Moore
Wow.Some weird shit in here
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Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling ap ...more
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