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The Universe Next Door: A Journey Through 55 Alternative Realities, Parallel Worlds and Possible Futures

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It's lucky you're here. But for a series of choices, accidents and coincidences - any of which could have gone otherwise - your life would have been very different.
The same goes for reality. We live in just one of many possible worlds - but we can imagine parallel universes in which dinosaurs still rule the Earth, the Russians got to the moon first, everyone's a vegetaria
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by John Murray
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James Hartley
Half-decent. Basically a collection of answers to more and less interesting science-based questions on multiple universes, the future of humanity and lots of what ifs. Theres nothing new here and nothing you couldnt find out with a quick Google search but as a toilet book or flight read (as it was for me), its adequate. Definitely an appetiser and not a main meal. ...more
Artur Coelho
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Os cenários E Se... costumam ser característicos da ficção científica e especulativa, mas tem-se tornado moda a sua utilização noutro tipo de contextos. É o caso deste livro, onde analistas e cientistas são convidados pela New Scientist a fugir ao rigor científico e a especular sobre cenários prováveis. Começa de forma quase psicadélica, com o potencial mind-bending das teorias de multiversos, e segue depois pelos caminhos habituais da história das ciências, perguntando-se o que teria acontecido ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book should be titled "science tackles what if questions". Talks a little about multiverse but mostly ask alternative history scenarios and possible futures for us and some speculation on science topics. I would recommend this book to a science neophyte.
Miguel Pinto
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
well written,
its a nice thought experiment on the what if...
If you're into science and history this would be a good read.
Jon Officer
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Quite interesting and certainly amusing as a thought experiment. Lots of entertaining ideas of what kind of life parallel universes might hold but none that haven't been explored previously by B-movie science fiction pulp and have since become clichés.
Don't expect any new ideas within this book but it's interesting to follow one or two of the referenced articles for further reading to learn more of the research that backs up these theories. Not to be taken too seriously but entertaining never t
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, essays
Can we rewrite the laws of physics without destroying the universe?
What if earth didn't have a moon?
What if we find ET?
....And what if we couldn't?
What if we could start over?
Could the climate be controlled?
AD 100,000: Journey to the Deep Future - Will we still be here?
Are all societies doomed to collapse?

Each of these questions, from a fundamental exploration of the properties of our universe and potential multiverse through to the 'journeys end' of the universe, explore a myriad of intriguing
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
[I should probably say that I was given this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was not required to give a review and my opinion is my own. Just like to be upfront about these things.]

This is a book of articles all pondering "what would happen if x". It is, therefore, quite diverse in topics, and obviously not intended to be in-depth at all. However I did find that some of the articles were too short to really be of any interest, while some felt too long and repetitive of ideas that had previously
Genetic Cuckoo
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was not sure what to expect with this book. It was similar to other new Scientist books, like ‘why don't penguins feet freeze’ which is probably the best known, so lots of little stories and anecdotes. I preferred ‘why don't penguins feet freeze’ more than this book, partly because I have a greater interest in biology than physics. I think another factor what that other books have explained biological process
Wendelle So
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great
i felt this was a very good book that has more meat and info and thought put into it than the average popular science book. For instance, I learned about the history of the use of coal, and an intricate exploration of how the world would have developed if we went straight from biomass to hydroelectric power without relying on fossil fuels-- Canada and Scandinavia would have been prosperous, but no imperial powers could be dominant in a world without the endless expansion afforded by fossil fuele ...more
Chris Harris
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of essays that originally appeared in New Scientist magazine, presented as an examination of the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics (I was pleased to see that not only does Hugh Everett get a mention, but his son Mark was actually interviewed) . More than one of the subjects has ended up as the macguffin in a work of science fiction. Some, like the idea of quantum Russian roulette, are very disconcerting (and brought to mind the idea of quantum immortality, which drives ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Good enough for the science nerds and geeks , it discusses different topics ranging from past era to future,for me it answers most of questions elaborately and in a concise way for a general reader to easily consume,Some very interesting scenarios are discussed but some answers are lacking in a sense that it doesn't convey that matter truly,also because of shortness and difficulties in some topics that the reader won't find any conclusion in that,otherwise still a satisfactory read for general r ...more
Ryan Young
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
scientists speculate. what will the world be like in 60 years or 100,000 years. what if some of the most bizarre scientific theories are true? to me it was a bit like a sci fi novel without a plot...

easy and fun, also my birthday present from my son.
Arie Prasetyo
Great topics. Would definitely gave it four stars if it wasn't an anthology of articles.
Fascinating and eye-opening.
Shelby Miles
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very, very interesting read. Completely opened my mind to new theories and “what if” explorations. A great first “New Scientist” experience for me!
Kym Taborn
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun read that makes you think.
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and fairly accessible considering the lofty subject matter of multiple dimensions! In this dimension I give it a 4/5
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