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)
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Okay, so maybe, just maybe I understood 10% of this book? No big deal. There was always just enough that I could understand to keep me reading; I mean listening. The voice of the narrator is beautiful. There is enough repetition to actually help one to have some understanding of some rather deep stuff. I'll listen to it again and I think I will understand more. I know I will enjoy it again.
I approached Dr. Kaku's book because he deals with territories alien to me (literally and figuratively). Parallel Worlds has forced me to unlearn a lot that I have taken for granted all my life (the sun is not the source of our universe; gravity is not absolute). If you listen to this in the car you might miss some of the finer points, but listen anywhere you can. You can always back up and listen again or hear the entire book over. Even if you don't replay portions, you'll benefit by the general tenor and information presented.
This book is informative, not difficult to follow (even a lay person can do it - though I don't know if a caveman could), and well read. Enjoy.
Manager of public library services & earned 4 university degrees. The great narrators help us to fully understand & appreciate great books.
This book (well written & narrated) is worthy to be ranked, with Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and Science Matters by James Trefil & Robert M Hazen, as amongst the best science books for the layman. I highly recommend all 3 and request that Audible provide more titles by Michio Kaku.
I've listened to a number of books on cosmology and quantum physics and this book, in my opinion, is by far the best. It doesn't get bogged down in dry mathematics, but challenges your intellect with cutting edge concepts. Just the right blend of historical background is included to bring the subject to life. I found the discussion of parallel universes particularly intriguing.
I'm a freethinker with a never ending desire to learn! Born a Texan, a Californian by choice.
The elements of the book I found most interesting were the discussions about the M-theory and the possibility of multiverses. Just the thought that there could be parallel universes is mind-blowing. If you only read one book about this subject, I recommend that you consider this one. The author's enthusiastic approach to the topic makes it an enjoyable read.
You don't have to be a science nerd to enjoy this book. Yes it is full of jargon, but the author explains everything as simply as possible and the text is interspersed with insightful background stories of how the ideas/theories grew. Fascinating and in-depth I will have to listen to the book several times to fully appreciate some of the more complex theories. The audio reader is also 5 star and makes me feel I am listing to the author himself. If you liked the movie 'What the Bleep' you will also love this book.
I know many people might wonder at listening to a physics related book for enjoyment, but I'd have to encourage then to give this a go. The material isn't dumbed down to the point of losing coherence, but likewise it isn't so dry as to be a sleeping-pill. My sincere hope is that someday Michio Kaku would consider narrating his own books as he has the enjoyment for the subject and a good presenter's style. That said, the team that produced this one did very well.
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I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who likes to contemplate mind-bending concepts and enjoys pushing the boundaries of physics. There is a fair amount of philosophy and investigating how science approaches the problem of "the meaning of life". I will have to listen to this again just to absorb all the awesome and wild ideas introduced, all backed up with cutting-edge science.
Also, this narrator was one of the best out of the several audiobooks I have downloaded from audible. If only all narrators had his clear, articulate voice.
So many interesting ideas! Dr.Kaku is able to write about many very complex ideas in a manner that makes you want to know more and more. At times without a good mathamatical background I did get lost, yet not in a manner that caused me to give up, but in a manner that has made me look forward to rereading this book again and again. What fun! So many wonderful concepts to think about.
Let me first say that I am not a physicist, nor have I taken any type of physics class since high school. I do however have a keen interest in the cosmos and it's genisis. This book was great! Somehow, Kaku has a the knack of translating his vast knowledge and making the reader understand almost everything. He is an amazing teacher! There were a couple of spots that were a little tricky to navigate, but they are summountable. I finished the book saying "Hey, I know physics!". If you have interest in such topics, this would be my first stop on the knowledge train!
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