Semi retired computer field engineer.
The title can be a bit misleading for some.
If you are looking for a book on the current science of quantum, M and the current study of Outer and atomic space, although one of the more current books on the topic, it is not one of the most purely scientific.
What I mean is, the author does spend a lot of time, far too much in my opinion, belittling topics not in his field in order to make points in his own. In doing this, one can easily make the same arguments he is making against his own points of view in many cases.
The science he is trying to explain is filled with one gross assumption after another. Part of the reason for that is he is in agreements with others in his field who make the same assumptions in formulating their theories. It belittles the points of view when they make all these leaps of supposition that sound as "mystical" as a religion.
Basically, although I support his right to have opinions on thinks like religion, faith, environmental issues and so on, I felt the title misleading.
The book did not do as good a job of explaining the scientific theory and points of view as other books I have read on the subject. I found myself mentally "checking out" pretty often with his explanations unlike other books I have read on the physics.
I wanted to really like this book as I have heard the author speak topics in the media.
I had a lot of unfulfilled expectations with this one. I didn't get the book to read about his philosophy. I got it to learn more about the most current theories in the scientific community on the subject.
Example: He ends his book with his opinions as to the meaning of life and our purpose in the universe. *meh* I wanted a book on science & physics explained without all the math and definitely uninterested in unrelated philosophies.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I have always been fascinated by astronomy/cosmology but I am not conversant with physics. I found this nook by Kaku understandable and really enjoyable to a non scientist.
Pleasant narration too.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Michio Kaku valiantly tilts Don Quixote’s lance at a generalist listener’s confusion by writing “Parallel Worlds”. This is a book about Physics, the baffling science of mathematics, and those who wish to understand why Newton, Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Michael Green, and Ed Schwarz et al are important to all of us who are equally confused.
String theory, if it proves correct, opens many doors to this world and possibly parallel worlds. Kaku overwhelms a listener with explanations of the potential of a scientifically verifiable unified field theory. He suggests the possibility of time travel and space exploration through black holes and white holes.
“Parallel Worlds” summarizes its exploration of physics with notes of caution and optimism about physics’ progress. The book is semi-understandable (possibly, horribly misleading) to the ill informed but it is worth a listen.
All the things that are out there and to know the minds that think in this, how they do it?
Nop you have to make a stop because is to much to process
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
I liked the way this book made it easy to follow the reasoning behind the development of the theories of current day cosmologists. He did an excellent job of tying in examples, history, metaphors, and literature into making the complexities of string theory etc much more relatable. Even though some might view it as "preachy", the end really delves into the question and possible answers of why we exist and is there a god, and I thought it was quite a beautiful tie in. Lastly, his ability to display multiple views and competing theories while leaving his own personal bias out was impressive. It made me really think, well which one is right?! Despite the fact that some parts went a bit over my head, I really enjoyed the book. My recommendation though- this is a book for savoring slowly. My usual marathon-ing way of listening to audiobooks dampened the impact this book could have had on me I think.
Being exposed to the thoughts of how other dimensions are being investigated.
Excellent narrator. His presentation enhanced the conversation of complex topics.
I broke this up to enjoy the different ideas presented.
Parallel Worlds is very engaging and does delve into some interesting concepts especially in regard to black holes, wormholes, and of course parallel worlds. Definitely re-hashes (and sometimes lifts intact) chapters in other books by Kaku. This is understandable but somewhat tiresome if you are familiar with the other works. He can be quite illustrative and willing to imagine beyond what can be easily projected. The speculative aspects of the Future of the Cosmos sets this apart from others writing in the field.
The Truth shall Set Ye Free
I would assume that the audio version of Parallel Worlds is 'better' than the print version, because I would not read the print version anyway due to being extremely busy running my companies. I thoroughly enjoyed (am enjoying) this book, which I've listened to twice all the way through and am on the third listening.
No such thing as 'favorite character'. You are asking questions related to fictional writing. Oh wait! This IS a book on Cosmology including String and M Theory so from that perspective, 'theory' being, after all, FICTION since most of the theories described in this book are not provable. So I get it now. this is a book of Science Fiction. Okay then. But unfortunately I do not remember the name of my favorite character only of my most unfavorite character. That would be a tie between Einstein and Hawkings.
I don't think I have heard him narrate another book, but he did a fine job on this one.
Cosmology: proves and disproves the existence of God.
Very enjoyable book. I walk 4-5 miles every day and have enjoyed this book for over two weeks of walks now. I think I'll need another week to fully grasp all that is hinted at in this book. It certainly has been helping my dream life, which is usually quite vivid but NOW I'm dreaming about worm holes and 10th dimensions, etc etc. etc