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The Hidden Reality Audiobook

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

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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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    "Way too technical for my tastes."
    Would you try another book from Brian Greene and/or Brian Greene?

    Probably not.


    What other book might you compare The Hidden Reality to and why?

    College physics book.


    Did The Hidden Reality inspire you to do anything?

    I was inspired to stop listening about the time I got to chapter 7.


    Any additional comments?

    First, I love Brian Greene. I've seen his documentaries and have always found the fascinating. His views on parallel dimensions are inspiring and entertaining, especially when he gets into debates with other physicists. I just don't think I'm smart enough for this book. It's a subject I really enjoy learning about, but it is presented in some very complicated ways in this book. I do realize that this is a complicated subject, by the way. It just lost me and never really came back around. If you are more experienced with the math and harder to understand concepts, you would really enjoy this book. I just don't feel like he dumbed it down enough for me. I'll keep it on file just in case I get smarter one day.

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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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    daniel conway San Diego 02-22-11
    daniel conway San Diego 02-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Cosmic jargon"

    Brian is doing his best to explain String Theory and other vital concepts. But, he lapses into cosmic jargon and he lost me many times.
    Where he is headed is amamzing, and he is brillant, but if the reader is new to cosmology, beware.

    6 of 8 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 Listener Since 2004
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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.

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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.

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    James 08-25-17
    James 08-25-17
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    "Seems a bit out there"

    Listened to about 80%. Got a bit bored with it. Covered a lot of ground.

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    Andrew D. Wallin Santa Barbara, CA, USA 07-04-17
    Andrew D. Wallin Santa Barbara, CA, USA 07-04-17
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    "Awesome. Detailed but approachable."

    Really liked this one, and I only have a high-school level physics background. Great explanations in a fun way.

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    Brandon 06-26-17
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    "bran broken"

    I can't think but it was worth it, I really enjoyed his simplification but keeping the complexity.

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    Alex Milton 06-02-17
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    "Fantastic story, great science history!"

    narrator is great, it's the author. extra carry on sentence to meet the review minimum.

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    Regular Amazon Customer Herriman, Utah 05-22-17
    Regular Amazon Customer Herriman, Utah 05-22-17
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    "Well done!"

    He takes a complex subject and explains it in an entertaining understandable way. Lots of red meat. I cannot wait for his next book.

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