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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension

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Are there other dimensions beyond our own? Is time travel possible? Can we change the past? Are there gateways to parallel universes? All of us have pondered such questions, but there was a time when scientists dismissed these notions as outlandish speculations. Not any more. Today, they are the focus of the most intense scientific activity in recent memory. In Hyperspace, ...more
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Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buck Rogers fans who build supercolliders.
Michio Kaku apparently spent his childhood building super-colliders in his parents' garage. It paid off. He's clearly brilliant, and best of all, he's not lost his imagination. One sad fact of modern physicists is that precious few of them have any imagination, and are incapable of thought experiments and relative flights of fantasy. As Kaku has pointed out, fantasy fueled more great discoveries in science than pure science ever did on its own. In this book he uses what we know about quantum phy ...more
Carlos Coral
Aug 31, 2007 Carlos Coral rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn Quantum without having to put up with six years of math and science courses
This is the book that allowed me to fool an entire room of graduate students into thinking I was utterly Brilliant. It is a really good crash course on just what the hell Quantum, String, Unified Field Theory ad Superstring actually are. Lays down the history and concepts in a way that makes sense and makes you get it.

Particularly savvy readers will start making the other logical leaps. If we are thinking energy vibrating along a 10-dimensional string, what does that say about the frequency of s
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Steve
Jul 29, 2007 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds like me
If you've thought science is dull or perhaps too far beyond you, then please meet Michio Kaku. He writes about theoretical physics in a way that will fill you with wonder and possibility. He takes what would otherwise be very complex concepts and conveys them using metaphors that every average joe can understand. The number of a-ha moments I had reading this book were too many to count. What a terrific read.
Jwm
It was OK just because the science fiction at the end was a lot of fun.

Dr. Kaku alternates through two styles -- talking to the reader like they're completely retarded and then talking to them like they've taken a college physics class. I'm neither, I understood what he was writing, and was just insulted. The cornerstone of Hyperspace theory is that there were 10 dimensions for a fraction of a fraction of time in the first fraction of time of existence for this universe, but 6 of them probably d
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Shawna
This is one of the popular science books that got me so interested in doing physics in the first place. Accessible to me before I even took a physics class, it should be accessible to most anyone with interest. Very interesting questions raised about space and time/parallel universes/etc. New ideas (as of date published: 1994) are discussed in a non-technical way. Also, very well written and easy to read (with humor and everything!).
Marc
Michio Kaku makes some amazingly complex and mind-bending concepts accessible to the lay reader (i.e., me, and maybe you, too, if you're also not a physicist). He sprinkles the book with entertaining and informative anecdotes and his passion for the topic is infectious. Still, I shudder to think that no author ever addresses Schrödinger's ailurophobia. Here's hoping the 6-dimensional universe opens up just as this one closes!
David
Started strong. An introduction to non-Euclidian geometry, string theory, and related concepts. Made me fantasize about learning the math.

Got more and more speculative toward the end, and not so interestingly so. Like many books, this one would have been improved by a ruthless editor. Still, worth a read if the topic interests you.
Brian
Kaku takes his readers on an amazing journey from Big Bang to the end of time. His uncanny ability to make even the most esoteric theories of cosmology understandable (at least from a high-level) makes Hyperspace an engaging read for any laymen pondering the wonders of the universe.
Lydia
Universes curled up into the size of a pencil eraser???!
Incredible brain food. Who needs religion when the world and its parts just keep going and going and going....?
Ricardo
It's up there, though not as accessible, as Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" and "The Universe in a Nutshell". Dr. Kaku does spend a considerable time walking the reader through how the theories of space-time and hyperspace arose and some of the historical and more mathematical stuff can be a little dense. However, the book opens really nicely with very vivid and amazing explanations of just how freaky hyperspace can be as well as the implications for the world of physics. The book also ends ...more
Trey Nowell
Michio Kaku takes us through a very long human journey, highlight various theories such as GTU, Quantum Theory, String Theory, Unified Field Theory, Relativity, etc., focusing on many expert scientists that have shaped our views over hundreds of years. The history of this is absolutely informative, and the journey throughout the book is wonderful. There never is a "boring" part to this book. It takes you through understanding of 2 dimensions, 3 dimensions, the 4th dimension of space and time, wh ...more
Amet Alvirde
Ayer no pude parar de leer hasta terminar. Este libro es realmente bueno. Kaku tiene una didáctica bastante agradable y el libro está plagado de explicaciones meditadas para ser lo más sencillas posibles (a pesar de la complejidad de los temas tratados). Es un excelente libro de referencia y descubres datos curiosos que jamás te habrías imaginado.

El único contra es que ahora se encuentra desactualizado porque es pre-higgs y pre-colisionador franco-suizo de hadrones. Así que hay algunas anécdotas
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gabrielle
another amazing theoretical physics book for the general population. i've re-read this one several times too. Dr. Kaku is an inspiration.

this quote is one of my all time favorites:
"...We now believe that the mind of God is music reverberating through 10 dimensional hyperspace..." Dr. Michio Kaku

this book explores so many fantastic ideas- worm holes, parallel universes and things you only thought were possible in Sci-Fi TV/films.
it will challenge you to think and look at the world in a whole new
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Harikleia
The book “Hyperspace” by Michio Kaku, a professor of Theoretical Physics at the City
College of New York is another guide to dimensions( How to tell that this book is about higher dimensions at first glance: Hyperspace. Hypercube. Simple) that we can not really imagine, (the same way Mr.Square could not imagine the third dimension in the book “Flatland”).
Most people would think “just another science textbook disguised as a small book.” However, this book gives all of the information that could
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Jim Nielsen
I found this to be an enjoyable, relatively accessible look at some of the most advanced theories of physics (and mathematics) in modern science. Granted, I didn't understand everything in this book, The overview on the brilliant theories of specific and general relativity and their consequences I found fascinating and understandable. Once you start getting into quantum theory and its mathematics things get a little strange and complicated. But why shouldn't they? Quantum mechanics, as the autho ...more
James F
A popular account of higher dimensions (more than three spatial dimensions) in relation to modern physics. Frankly, this is one of the worst popular science books I've read recently. The book is divided into three parts; the first part gives a historical background to the mathematical and physical theories of higher dimensions, the second part is an overview of string theory, and the third part is about wormholes, time travel, parallel universes, and various far future disasters and how super ad ...more
Bart
Mind-blowing overview of physics, particularly as it relates to the universe and subatomic particles.

Strengths: Simplified explanations of theoretical dimensions and the physics behind it (have you ever tried reading a Wikipedia article on some of these things? For example, try reading the entry on the Speed of Light: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of...). Instead of a windy, overblown, jargon-y explanation, Kaku will often turn to analogies so that they're much easier to process. Instead of
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Rama
An Introduction to Hyperspace

This is an odyssey into the history of development of the concept of hyperspace that includes fourth and higher spatial dimensions to account for the riddles and unsolved problems of unified field theory. Since the postulation of special theory of relativity, Einstein and subsequent physicists until now have struggled to explain the four natural forces; the electromagnetic force (explained by Maxwell's field equations for electricity & magnetism); the strong and
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Bob Parks


Good general history of 20th century physics. I enjoyed the layout of the book -- first half of the book is the history of hyperspace, second half is what can come out of the theory. Loved this part. Wormholes, time travel, black holes and the death of the universe. The author does a good job bringing in sci-fi stories to explain or illustrate the various theories. Some times he would go off on a tangent and try to bring the point back in a rough way.
Zoe L
In an act of trying a new genre out, my father brought me a purely non-fiction book. I was hesitant, for there were no dystopian societies or shimmering vampires in a book highlighting the fourth-dimension, our universe and the mere concept of time. A fan of the scientific show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey featuring the creative and intellectual Neil DeGrasse Tyson, I had always been questioning our place in the universe and our significance. This book hooked me immediately with an anecdote, inst ...more
Konain
A great book to gather all the information on the string theory and 10th dimension physics, and its relation to the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. The book isn't really for a general reader and requires some smattering of physics, but it is hardly the fault of the writer. The subject demands that knowledge, although Kaku tries hard to explain it through simplified pictures and anecdotes from sci-fi works. Coming to that, the extracts from great sci-fi novels, though giving a ...more
Shane
I was really enjoying the book, until he went off on predicting the future and I totally lost interest. I only finished because I usually finish books that I start. It's definitely for people with at least a basic idea of scientific principles.

Kaku writes well, but unless you're really interested in the subject he's not the clearest.
Douglas Cosby
I'm not sure if it because the book seemed out-of-date (written in 1995), or if the explanations were over-simplified (like A Brief History Of Time), or I just couldn't understand some of his points, but whatever it was, I didn't like parts of this book. This happens to me sometimes when I read books about physics: either they seem so dumb-downed that the are leaving out the important bits, and I can't buy into what they are explaining; or they are not dumbed-down and I can't quite grasp the con ...more
Jacob B
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku,a non - fiction that takes on the bold, controversial world of theoretical physics, in which the astounding physicist Kaku, discusses the key moments of physics in the twentieth century (Einstein's theory of relativity and Quantum Theory) and then makes the bold statement (the overall reason for the book) that we live in a world of ten and twenty six dimensions (the complications as to why will go well past the character limit of goodreads) instead of the regular three ...more
Ric
Most the time, I think about which purpose should I give my life so that I can give the biggest and the best impact that I can provide to all of humanity, not just for today but up to the future when I am gone.

Thus, it was not far-fetched that while reading the book, I was having the urge to pick up my old college book of physics and study it again. There was this little arrogant me inside my head claiming that maybe, if I start again now, I can still contribute to the development of physics and
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André
This is truly an extensive guide to quantum mechanics, cosmology and the physics of the smallest and the largest. Not as simplified than Stephen Hawking's books, but still not too difficult to comprehend.
Phred Padgett
Mar 26, 2008 Phred Padgett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in knowing more
Recommended to Phred by: C-Span2, BookTV
Shelves: science
Mr. Kaku is brilliant in that he writes so that even I can (almost) understand string theory. In fact, this book is hard to put down... the content fascinates.

I learned a lot, it needs to be reread.
Tammy
This author brings theoretical physics to the masses in a very engaging way. His explanation of superstring theory, parallel universes is really fascinating...this stuff is stranger than fiction!
Jeroen
Oct 21, 2007 Jeroen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A funny and mind boggling adventure through quantum physics, parallel universes and special relativity theory... Very insightful and valuable for my understanding of those concepts and theories...
Dwight
Not an easy read. But I'm a nerd and enjoy the theoretical aspect of physics. The author does a good job of illustrating difficult concepts through stories and tangible examples.
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(Arabic: ميشيو كاكو)
Dr. Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at the City College of New York , best-selling author, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics of science.

He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011).

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