Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find an answer to the question, "What happened before the big bang?"
This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.
©2006 Michio Kaku; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Kaku is good at explaining the cosmological ideas--among them string theory, inflation, wormholes, space and time warps, and higher dimensions--that underpin his argument." (Scientific American)
Letting the rest of the world go by
Good read. Complement's Brian Greene's book "Fabric of the Cosmos". I recommend reading both, but if you only have time to read one, I'd recommend Greene's book.
This book is very interesting, informative, and well-narrated. My major is not physics, but I could understood most of the topics explained in the book. If you want to increase your knowledge in modern physics and have some fun at the same time, I recommend this book.
Narration is good. The first part is a great introduction of the main subjects. The second part things go where no one has gone before. Sure, these are the subjects physicists face today and Kaku is very optimistic in his views. He doesn't really explore different points of views as his positions for string theory and quantum physics are well known.
Who cares it's fun to listen too.
The book is great. Kaku manages to captivate and inform throughout the book. It is easy to follow whether you're familiar with the topics he goes through or not. The book does, however, cover a very very wide field or series of fields to be more precise. I miss consistency in the use of units however. Kaku uses imperial units for distance coupled with metric units outside the SI-standard, such as using mm or cm as base units. This is of course a minor nuisance, but I - for one - prefer my numbers to be in strict SI-units with few exceptions.
Absolutely, but only the ones that like Quantum Physics. Michio drives home the history of each item he discusses followed by going into the possible future implications of each item.
There are no real characters, but when Michio talks about his childhood self, it is kind of fun.
The initial mention & description of String Theory & it's connections with M Theory
In the final half hour of the book you could understand the excitement that Michio feels for the possible future pertaining to the theories he discussed in the book.
Great book, if you would like to get a better understanding of Subatomic Physics, Quantum Physics, or just get some insight to the relationships between our planet, our solar system, our galaxy & the whole universe.
An engineer enjoying his share of escapism.
Parallel Worlds goes over some of the history of modern physics, explaining well how we got to where we are now. Especially the history of string theories and what the current and upcoming issues in regards to them are, was interesting to hear about.
The book also entertains a lot of interesting concepts (time travel, parallel dimensions, source of the universe, M-theory, to name a few) and explains them in very clear terms. Maybe a bit too clear, even, as I was left with a feeling that some corners had to be cut, in order to keep things clear for the reader. The philosophic & theologic questions felt also out of place and I would have personally preferred it, if they were left out for some other book to cover.
Overall, it was a nice read, definitely worth the time and money.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
I will admit that MK does a better job of explaining then most. Most of what he discussed I have heard before, but I was actually better able to picture in my mind what he was discussing, then when watching Nova.
Some of it was pretty cool, but I will admit that I quit listening after six and a half hours. I found that the farther in the book he got the more science terms were used and the less I understood. When he got into talking about Quarks, gluons, mesons etc, I totally lost interest. I might pick up the second half at a latter date, but I just could not listen to another six hours. I had had my fill and needed some entertainment. Twelve hours at one time is just too much.
I do think it was the first time I had heard that the universe may well freeze solid someday. There is also some interesting background on Einstein, Hubble and some other scientist and what they went through and some of the ridicule they went through. If you buy the book you may just want to listen to a chapter, listen to another book and then go back for another chapter.
The narrator was excellent.
I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.
Since I signed up to study physics in college in 1970, until this book, I hadn't found the book that would tell me what I thirsted to know, how the universe works and what would happen to it in the future. The author reviews and integrates our current knowledge about this subject.
As a fan of astrophysics and theoretical physics, I loved this book, since it explains everything in simple English. It answered several of my questions about universe.
I strongly recommend this book to science fans.
The title for my review says it all. This book is well written and very fast paced. Although not written for a technical astrophysics audience, it is easy to feel left in the cosmic dust by the bewildering theories and empirical data the author reviews.
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