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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universe, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension

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As stated " A roller coaster of an intellectural ride through the extraordnary workd of black holes, wormholes, parallel universes, higher dimensions and time travel"
Paperback, 359 pages
Published March 1995 by Anchor Books (first published 1994)
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Alex Shrugged I've read both. Hyperspace is better written than Parallel Worlds, but Parallel Worlds has more current information on String Theory and M-Theory. I r…moreI've read both. Hyperspace is better written than Parallel Worlds, but Parallel Worlds has more current information on String Theory and M-Theory. I read Hyperspace first and then Parallel Worlds. (less)
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Nathan
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Kelvin
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at chapter 10. It was a bit too dry and technical for me. While the chapter names were intriguing and there were interesting anecdotes in each chapter, it was still slightly too boring, even with the pictures, for me to read into and understand the developments of modern physics. There wasn't much holding it together, i.e. the book only follows the overthrow of each theory as its organizing structure. It also seemed to ramble on with analogies that weren't that great to follow, eg the wood v ...more
Jimmy Ele
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foundation
5 stars for his lessons on physics, science, and mathematics. No stars for his musings on religion, god, and evolution.
kesseljunkie
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 stupid 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 don
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Steve
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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.
Shawna
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!).
Rich Paz
I am now officially a Michio Kaku fan. This book explains physics as it should be taught in school. His simplistic approach begs the reader for more information. I also love physics now because I understand it a lot more thanks to Mr. Kaku's books. The school systems should think about this book as part of their cirriculum to teach the importance of understanding physics. Highly recommended.
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!
Aloha
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michio Kaku did a terrific job of explaining to the layman scientific possibilities often depicted in sci-fi.
Brianna Silva
This is the first "hardcore" science book I've ever read, after wetting my appetite on The Universe In Your Hands and Astrophysics For People In a Hurry, and needing to dive deeper into these topics.

This book did not disappoint! It's a bit dated, as it was written in the 1990s, but I wanted to start with some of Kaku's earliest works to get a solid foundation of the concepts in here, before moving to his more recent books.

Hyperspace has left my mind buzzing with possibilities, with the wonder of
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Cloud
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“According to string theory, if we could somehow magnify a point particle, we would actually see a small vibrating string. In fact, according to this theory, matter is nothing but the harmonies created by this vibrating string. Since there are an infinite number of harmonies that can be composed for the violin, there are an infinite number of forms of matter that can be constructed out of vibrating strings. This explains the richness of the particles in nature. Likewise, the laws of physics can ...more
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
Logan Scoles
Intriguing topics and Dr. Kaku is one of the few people who writes for the science enthusiast. Lot of information here. However, it was not conveyed in terms understandable for the general reader. Multitude of topics discussed without ever being broken down as to why I should care or what that means in terms I can relate to. Good book for someone well versed in mathematics or physics. I enjoy the topics discussed, but they need to be broken down in a way in which anyone could understand and rela ...more
Aenea Jones
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-nonfiction
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in Quantum Physics.
Kaku covers both the basics (Schroedinger's Cat, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, double-slit experiment, etc) and the newest insights into the String Theory.
One reason why his books are so popular is because he manages to explain difficult and logic-defying processes in an understandable way.

Ricardo Acuña
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
One of the most intriguing theories in the modern physics is the probable existence of a multidimensional time-space reality. Matter, space as we know sooner or later will turn to a new paradigm. A good book to think over this possibility
Lydia
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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....?
Koen Crolla
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
Hyper-generic pop-sci driven to its apex.
For all that it pretends to be a coherent exploration of higher dimensions in both senses of the word (mathematical and sci-fi), Hyperspace is a series disconnected vignettes more concerned with hitting every topic on his list of popular science tropes than telling a coherent story—everything you could expect to be in a work of popular physics is in here, regardless of how much sense it makes to include it. If you're looking forward to seeing another tria
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Cherie
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michio Kaku uses great examples to help the reader understand the complex physics of parallel universes, time warps, the tenth dimension and more in Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension. Some of the pictures used to describe the physics made me laugh, particularly the one with Einstein staring at dinosaurs and the dinosaurs staring back.
João Pires
It was one of the first books that I read when I started having interest in this themes. It was really good, really wonderful discover of the thoughts about the Universe! Only in the last chapters I start getting a little confused. But it's important to note that this book was written in 1994 and the thougths about the String Theory nowadays changed.
Wonkybadonk
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be a five star book except for the fact that he spoils the plots of a bunch of other stories that aren't his to spoil. The most egregious spoiler is when he recounts Asimov's The Last Question. Do yourself a favor, before you read this, go read that one first at the very least. Other than the story spoilers this is a great and accessible synthesis of twentieth century physics.
Anusha Sridharan
The most intriguing book I have read in recent times. Michio Kaku's books are simply beautiful in explaining the most complicated things in a simplistic manner. Would definitely visit this book back once I get even a deeper understanding of 10th dimension and Hyperspace.
M Barnes
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked to see more mathematical justification for some of the concepts introduced, but I understand that was probably beyond the computational abilities of his intended audience (including me). Overall, it was a fun read.
PhilomathicJ
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own-read
At nearly 25 years old, I imagine there's a fair bit that's out of date in this book, but it was a fascinating read nonetheless.
A good portion of the book discusses the history and progression of humanity's conceptions of higher dimensions, and how those ideas affected art, religion, and other aspects of society (and how, in turn, the science was affected by the results of that cross-pollination). While the science has surely matured since this was written, it's a thought-provoking read about t
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Veronika
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 2019
Good book. Toward the end I felt like I am reading sci-fi instead of science, which is great. Where would all the science be, without a good dose of imagination.
Ameya
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although most of the stuff about String theory and 10 dimensions was largely not understood, the book in itself was very engrossing. I liked the history of the development of the theories of higher dimensions. It was surprising to know a lot of the development started in the 19th century.
Benjamin Park
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hyperspace makes the obtuse and opaque concepts of theoretical physics accessible to anyone with an interest in science. I was delighted to learn about the world of physics that lies beyond the three dimensions that we perceive. I did find parts of the book to be too dense or technical so I just skipped over those sections.
Chris
Whew!! The evolution of theoretical physics up to 1994. Was waiting for a more current book, but started this in the interim. Part I, the first four chapters and Parts III & IV, which covered 6 chapters were pretty easy to read for this non-physics person and quite interesting especially those things involving cosmology. Part II, had my brain often saying Whaaaat???! More technical definitely. So why would a non-physics person, much less theoretical physics want to read this book? Well the novel ...more
Jim Nielsen
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

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