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)
"With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"
This book is a time stopper. I must have listened to it half a dozen times already. You don't need to be a physicist to understand it. Most of the material is dumbed down for the layman reader. I found this book entertaining whilst driving, even stopped my car at one point to focus and realised I was parked for nearly a hour before I resumed my journey.
Admittedly this is some extremely difficult material which likely no one on the planet fully understands. The latest "theories of everything" are beyond bizarre and very confusing and almost impossible to explain without a lot of math and equations.
And THAT is my problem with this book. There is none of the math or equations necessary to help understand the material. The basic ideas are just dumped out without any of the proof which lead to them. We have no idea how all these wild ideas were derived and thus have no basis to judge their relative merit. As a science/cosmology buff I find this very frustrating.
If you want to learn about this stuff and see how it should be done go on Youtube and check out a free series of lectures from Yale titled: Frontiers/Controversies in Astrophysics. Fantastic lecture series.
This book just throws a bunch of crazy theories at the reader without any of the proof. Crazy ideas require a crazy about of proof to be believed and we don't get any of it here.
I give it 2 stars for that.
Promised the experimental data to support string and other theories --> never delivered
never made math clear to us novices
I enjoy physics and cosmology but have no formal training. And I have an issue with String and M-theory- but this put it into perspective to where I still don't like string theory, I will tolerate M-theory, and I understand now why so many physicists want it to work.
This is a great primer for anyone that enjoys these sorts of topics, and a good intro for those that think they might.
I have quite a phew books that deal with theoretical physics and cosmology. This one is one of the best I have. It starts a little boring at first. However, about half way through, it gets really interesting when he starts to talk about things like what the end of the universe will be like and possible ways to survive it.
Also, I wish Michio had narrated it. It would have made the book a lot more interesting.
Brief History of Time level of information, Hugo award level entertainment. Somehow Dr. Kaku manages to make the most interesting non-fiction I've ever read come to life while still providing detailed explanations. I wish I would have had all his audiobooks as a kid, I would have surely put more effort into my physics classes.
Kaku -- no. Veitor -- maybe.
I have seen Kaku on TV many times.
I should have known better than to try this book.
He articulates concepts I've always wanted to learn in such a way any layman can grasp.
I've been putting off my review for this book in an attempt to organize my thoughts so the review consisted more of the contents within the book rather than just a mindless rant of how awesome Michio Kaku is. Unfortunately, my thoughts remained a jumbled mess as my giddiness took precedence.
So why is he just so fantastic? Michio Kaku is not only gifted in his abilities as a physicists (he is co-founder of string field theory, has written textbooks, articles, novels, etc. in the field of physics and popular science), but he makes the difficult and convoluted subject of quantum mechanics and classical mechanics accessible and entertaining for the everyday person. An individual like me, who struggled through physics and calculus and who still sings the quadratic equation to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel" can pick this book up and enjoy it wholeheartedly.
Kaku uses easy to understand analogies to explain mathematical equations or the theory in general which helps the reader remain on board when he begins to discuss higher dimensions, the possibility of space/time travel, or multiple universes. He also engages the reader with quotes or synopsis from our culture's best science fiction novels and he lists both obscure (maybe not for the avid physic buff) and popular scientists involved in proving, disproving, theorizing, advocating (well you get the picture) the various subjects within this novel which add much to the flow and pace of this book.
Overall this book left me vibrating with excitement at the prospect of time/space travel; the possible reality of multiple universes (think Schrodinger's Cat); and the potential of humanity on earth to become a type III civilization.
Narrator: Mark Vietor
This book is straight narration without characters and different points of view and Vietor does a very good job with the narration.
Amazing read for the layman physicist. I loved the way Michio Kaku explored the possibilities that are being open to us, given that we understand our universe. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science.
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