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The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos | [Brian Greene]

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.
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There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgängers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of mathematics.

Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden within them.

©2011 Brian Greene (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Edward United States 03-03-11
    Edward United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for the curious"

    If you are always trying to find out why, than this is a multi read. Can be a bit "WTF", but re-read, and a better understanding comes. Always keep in mind, that nobody knows.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Let's Be Reasonable Greensboro, NC 02-27-12
    Let's Be Reasonable Greensboro, NC 02-27-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Just Fine--Narration & Text"

    This book brings you up-to-date on the latest in cosmology theory. The author is clear enough for the non-scientist to follow most of what he's saying, without watering down the
    complexities. Also, unless you have some kind of prejudice against people who accentuate the letter "s," you'll have no problem enjoying the author's narration of this book. I think most people will enjoy his reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Hicksville, NY, United States 02-24-12
    Lee Hicksville, NY, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and very deep"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hidden Reality to be better than the print version?

    Having this read by Brian Greene himself is a very nice touch. The concepts and principles are very well laid out. The concepts can get deep and there are a lot of implied assumptions and thought exercises. But the topic is founded on assumptions and thought exercises.

    Highly recommend reading if only for the accepted pronunciation of various mathematical and science terms.


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    Lynn 12-28-11
    Lynn 12-28-11
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    "You'll Never Think of the Universe in the Same Way"

    Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe; The Fabric of the Cosmos) in The Hidden Reality approaches the question of alternative universes. Is our universe the only universe? The short answer for Greene is “no” and readers will be rewarded for reading this book for his longer explanation. Each Chapter considers an alternative approach to understanding the universe; parallel worlds, quilted multiverse, inflationary multiverse, string theory, Brane and Cyclic multiverses, the landscape multivedrse, and the quantum multiverse. For me, the most helpful chapter dealt with string theory. I thought started this book thinking I would have to set it aside pretty quickly, and made it through even string theory. If you have taken on Greene before, this volume was more approachable than the others. Anyone can benefit from a reading of this work. I came away with absolutely nothing that would help me in my everyday life, but very stimulated by the ideas saturating this volume. I hope that Greene will give us more soon. The author's own reading of this book is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Springfield, OR, United States 04-20-11
    Karen Springfield, OR, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Provocative Book -- Some Crazy Ideas Too"

    I have long been a fan of Brian Greene and his skillful attempts to bring extremely difficult topics in physics within the general understanding of a non-mathematical audience. I thought both The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos were tour de forces of both lucid and entertaining writing, and both were rich with information not easy to absorb in another form or from another writer. Now along comes The Hidden Reality. Now we have Brian Greene tackling arguably a far less known or understood, and in many ways far-fetched topic: multiple universes. Is our universe the only one, or “all there is”, (i.e. the meaning of “universe”), or is everything we have ever observed or conceived of existing only one of a multitude (perhaps an infinite number) of such universes? By taking on such a topic in the first place, Greene is upping the ante quite a bit, even in comparison with discussions of topics like string theory.

    At this point, I begin to take issue with his approach. I can see that Brian chose to “put out there” a panoply of wild ideas proposed by others, without passing judgment on whether they are right, wrong, or just plain ridiculous. In particular, I have problem believing that the “quantum multiverse” of Everett, the simulation multiverse or the everything (mathematical) multiverse are more than human-inspired fantasies.

    I find the idea of a multiverse in general very appealing and reasonable, as I could never accept the “fact” that a single Big Bang, before which there was “nothing” started it all. Brane collisions or Big Bang like bubble formations within a much larger overall field of some sort make more sense. It makes sense that our universe is neither special as being the only one in time or in “the space of spaces”. But it’s going out on a limb to “know” that the landscape in which they exist is infinite in time or spatial dimensions. Greene has written a thoughtful and provocative book that will stimulate lively discussion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    palli 06-11-15
    palli 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Twice. Or three times..."

    Just a Simple orthopod. Have to read it twice, or three times. Worth it, though..

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    juan 04-25-15
    juan 04-25-15
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    "Great book"

    It is an amazing book simple or as simple it can be so its understandable .... But great book

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    What did you love best about The Hidden Reality?

    Not since I was a little kid have I had a description of existence's "bigness" illustrated to me in such a way that it made my heart skip a beat... until this book. Listening to the author speak about the bizarre, extrapolated real-world implications of mathematical constructs that may well be accurate gave me a sense of wonder that I haven't had since I was a child reading fiction about magic. Only this time... it's (maybe) REAL!


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    flintstone 08-27-13
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    "Great book but hard to follow"

    At times I found myself going back and listening to a piece over and over again mainly because the author had a tough time conveying the piece of science (or message). He also had a hard time enunciating "cosmological constant"; and he had to read it out a few hundred times which made it that much more painful to listen to. Would have rather had someone else (maybe a professional) narrate the book.

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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-31-13
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-31-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

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    "Good Book"

    This is a tough book to get through. I feel like Brian Greene is trying to add drama and excitement where none needs to be. Or maybe he just wants to wow the readers/listeners with is amazing vocabulary of descriptive words. I think Brian has some great ideas however I feel he tiptoes around the points he is trying to make in his attempt to keep everyone (that may not agree with him) happy . He touches all the bases without really committing to the points I believe he is trying to make, playing instead in the land of innuendos.

    I realize that in today's world nothing is %100% solid and almost anyone who puts all their eggs in one basket is going to be scrutinized. But that is the price of a dream or a belief. This is also the fuel used to motivate others to prove a theory right or wrong. Progress will never be made one way or the other if someone doesn't take a stand. Whether you are proved right or wrong, progress was made. I realize that getting proved wrong isn't something anyone would like to experience. But... I don't know, I have listened to this book several times, awed by Brian's writing skill and vocabulary, but all his key points are diluted and spread across the whole book in innuendos that I believe he did intentionally to play it safe.

    For creativity I would give this 5 stars, but for information.... Not sure, Still thinking. :)

    ...Robert

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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