David Olmsted's Reviews > Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond

Hiding in the Mirror by Lawrence M. Krauss
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Apr 14, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-history, physics
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This book first published in 2005 is a balanced, clearly written history of the allure of extra spatial dimensions in both science and literature. The main goal of this book is to show how these extra spatial dimensions are ultimately used in string theory which is claimed by its promoters to be the ultimate theory of physics able to unify all the forces of nature. This author is justifiably more skeptical of string theory than other book authors on the subject because the theory has yet to produce any testable predictions.

I did especially enjoy chapter 7 entitled "From Flatland to Picasso" which described the history of multiple dimensions outside of science starting in the late 1800's.


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