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Im Hyperraum. Eine Reise durch Zeittunnel und Paralleluniversen.

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The author, one of the pioneers of string theory, has produced an accessible guide for the general reader to some of the most formidable modern concepts of mathematics and physics. These include string theory itself, hyperspace, non-Euclidean geometry, Kaluza-Klein theory and supergravity.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1998 by Rowohlt (first published 1994)
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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.
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.
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!).
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.
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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Macoco G.M.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro fantástico para descubrir una nueva perspectiva del universo.
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!
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(Arabic: ميشيو كاكو
Russian: Митио Каку)

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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“It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.” 148 likes
“Some people seek meaning in life through personal gain, through personal relationship, or through personal experiences. However, it seems to me that being blessed with the intellect to divine the ultimate secrets of nature gives meaning enough to life.” 75 likes
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