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Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe

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Beyond Einstein takes readers on an exciting excursion into the discoveries that have led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics today -- superstring theory. What is superstring theory and why is it important? This revolutionary breakthrough may well be the fulfillment of  Albert Einstein's lifelong dream of a Theory of Everything, uniting the laws ...more
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Published September 1st 1995 by Anchor (first published February 1st 1987)
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For me this book gave me the feeling of learning something without me really learning anything.

Do you remember in maybe junior high when a science teacher taught you that if there were twins, and one of them went on a spaceship going real fast for a long trip, when they came back the twin left on Earth would be much older than the twin that went on the trip? And that that was relativity? And then some kids would think they understood relativity because they had been told that factoid?

That's what
Hershel Shipman
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, physics
Another good overview of theoretical physics. Michio Kaku explains it a bit more simply than Brian Greene though it ends up with a shorter overview book that doesn't have as much detail. The most interesting parts are the history and its players. Kudos to him for mentioning an important female physicist.
Richard Jr.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All budding scientists who dream of the Universe.
Shelves: science-physics
For years I have followed the Cosmic Quest to unite the physical laws of the universe. In many ways, the story is as strange as Science Fiction for those scientists exploring the realms of electromagnetic, gravitational, the strong nuclear and the weak nuclear forces.
The difficulty for mathematicians and physics in trying to explain and unite these four forces to us lay-folk arises because there seem to be two separate universes. One governed by Newton and Einstein's familiar laws, and another
Joseph Siry
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exceptionally fine book that I have used for students to read to better understand the several turning points of unification in science from Sir Isaac Newton to just before the Higgs boson's discovery. The four or three fundamental universes are examined and clearly delineated in this historical sweep of what Einstein's and other physicist's discoveries have meant from Hubbles discovery of the expanding universe to the findings of fission and later fusion.
Ajitabh Pandey
A perfect book for people who wants to understand and review the various theories related to the Universe and find a single theory of the universe. An excellent but somewhat outdated introduction to the concepts of the String Theory. Written in a simple language, you do not need to possess a degree in physics to understand it. A high school level understanding of science is enough to understand the matter presented in the book.
Pavel Kutil
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicely written for the general public. Michio Kaku is a very good science popularizer.
Ami Iida
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
The book encompasses The field of quantum mechanics.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Rating: 4.12 stars

One begins to see things more clearly the more one ventures into the world of physics. At least that's what I tell myself. In reality (or outside of it), it's impossible for an idiot like myself to determine even the most remote notions of truth or understanding from any of the physics books my eyes have glazed over.

And yet, having read Einstein's Relatively and then Walter Isaacson's Einstein biography, this book by Michio Kaku is a breath of fresh air. In Isaacson's book,
Godo Stoyke
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The title was intriguing: who doesn't want to know physics that goes BEYOND Einstein. I remember (after reading this book two decades ago) that I somehow did not find the superstring theory very convincing. That doesn't mean much, as I am not a physicist. But, it turns out that, according to eminent astrophysicist's Lawrence Krauss 2012 book "A Universe from Nothing" (which I DID like), so far apparently no evidence has been found to support string theory. String theory hasn't been disproven, ...more
Felipe Sotelo
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ron Joniak
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a customer at my part-time job. This book by Michio Kaku on String theory was an enjoyable and quick read. The author goes into the basic details of string theory and provides a history of the theory. The superstring "trip down memory lane" turned out to be a highly enjoyable read.

There is little to no mathematics involved in this book and it is easy to read for the layman.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Einstein is a book that is written by Michio Kaku. It explores Einstein's dreams in Physics and explores these ideas. It describes theories of unification and theoretical physics. It also describes why this is important in modern day physics and how it may be important in the future of physics./
Ahmad Baker
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most wonderful books I have ever read it takes you to discover deepest secrets of the physics from the classic mechanic to super strong theory in unique scintifice journey you will never forget it .
Simon Yoong
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
probably the weakest of Kaku's books, partly due to its length and it being one of earliest. Most of the topics that he touches on are further expounded in later books, but this is a good introduction to his writing.
Tally, The Chatty Introvert
a bit over my head, but good presentation and I could get the gist of what he was saying.
With a bit more science under my belt, I think I could understand more in the next few books I pick up. Worth a look.
Widad Y.
Read a 100 pages in a day git too bored to continue then reaf the last 70 pages it was awesome but too muvh info in one book for begginers
Jesse Bethke
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Developed a better understanding of the underlying principles of physics , its history, and where it could be headed. Unless you love physics/science it is a bit of a bore
Roger Ingram
I am sure this is an excellent book, but it was way above my pay grade!
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bibliocase
The Holy Grail for every Theoretical Physicist is undoubtedly a Grand Unified Theory. A theory that coalesces all the four primary forces of Gravity, Electromagnetism, Weak Nuclear Force and the Strong Nuclear Force into one coherent, concise and clear theory. This endeavour has repeatedly eluded some of the most brilliant and mercurial geniuses who have made an indelible mark in the realm of Physics. Even a mighty stalwart like Einstein was left to rue the last years of his life disputing his ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Harikleia by: My sister
In the non-fiction book of Beyond Einstein, the author, Michio Kaku, a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, explains the workings and the possible origins of the universe we know today. From Superstring Theory and Quantum Puzzles, to Dark Matter and planets or universes that have more dimensions or are composed of antimatter, this book has all of the answers to the questions that come with reading it.
Unlike all of the novels I have read,
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Qualitative description of Einstein discoveries in relativity ( general or specific ) are described avoiding complicate math or any math at all. The author makes very good analogies with physical processes we know ( like when you drop a heavy weight over a bed sheet and let a small ball run over this surface ). The author debunks general assumptions that we take for granted like for example Einstein's dislike of quantum theory, because after all he has fomented its development and never was ...more
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"According to the superstring theory, our world only appears to be made of point particles, because our measuring devices are crude to see these tiny strings."


Michio Kaku tries to explain the basics of superstring theory and the quest to find a unified field theory. Kaku believes that the superstring theory is the only theory that can unite quantum mechanics and general relativity.

This is a good book for someone who is interested in physics, but maybe isn't very good at physics. Don't get me
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my second book read by Michio Kaku, and I intend to read all of his public divulgation books. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have read, even though I'm a little bit behind schedule, having read this book 19 years late. Anyway, the only part where this book feels outdated it's when it talks about the late Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) project, and which had already been cancelled by the time the book was written and published. Still, it already talks about the Large Hadron ...more
Rajendra Dave
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
First the positives:
The book written by renowned physicist deals with a very interesting subject -what with the quest for GOD particle-of particle physics and unified theory. In a very short book, the authors have covered this vast and complex topic- including related trivia- and tried to make it comprehensible to a layman. That is where the problem lies.

While reading this book, I was reminded of a particular tradition in Hindu religion- Stayanarayana Katha. The priest visits home of devotee
Mars Smith
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pro: Readers can learn about different types of elementary particles such as the different types of quarks and leptons. In this book, I learned that there were up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom quarks that were not all part of the same family. Page 110 shows a chart with up and down quarks in the electron family, the strange and charm quarks in the muon family, and the top and bottom quarks in the tau family. Michio's book talks about supersymmetry, string theory, and the grand unified ...more
Terence Kong
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
This book provides readers an insight into the evolution of modern physics over the past several decades. Describing various scientific laws ranging from Newton's laws of motion to Einstein's idea of general relativity, Michio Kaku perfectly explains them in a understandable manner for the general audience and how in some ways those principles are affecting our daily lives.

I've heard that this book exhibits the same materials and themes as his other book Hyperspace. I'm not sure whether this is
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Beyond Einstein, Michio Kaku gives the reader an overveiw of the history of modern physics. Beginning with Newton Beyond Einstein describes with intricacy, the theories that later began to form superstring theory. First, the idea that the four forces of the universe could be one and the same is expressed along with the detailed description of the forces. As the book progresses, it explains the idea of a multiverse, dark matter, anti-matter, and much more.

I would most addimently recomend this
Matthew Estrada
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
With this book and all his others Machio Kaku proves to be an amazing writer who is able to capture his readers with intriguing information. I think that this book was really good because if your someone like me youd want to understand how our universe works. The key question on every physicists mind is how everything works together. You see right now the key theories are quantum and the theory of relativity but they dont work together to form an understanding of gravity. In the end I give this ...more
John Godier
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kaku always delivers brainfood in an easily readable manner. I absolutely love his books, they're like adventures in themselves that have you page turning regardless of the advanced subject matter of theoretical physics. You move forward chapter after chapter eager to see what science you never thought you'd understand will be laid plain next.

In this early book he explores the concept of the grand unified theory that science still searches for today that thwarted Einstein himself. By the end of
Greg Pretti
Feb 19, 2008 rated it liked it
While I really like Kaku, this book jumped around just a little in parts, and that did take away some of the potential impact. It's also a little bizarre to read today, in a world where string theory is unproven, and mostly determined to be a nice, concise answer, but not THE answer. It transforms every reference Kaku makes about string theory's ability to solve everything into justification for a generalization so large that it can't entirely be proven wrong - or right.

All the same, the book is
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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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