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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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    Dean 02-23-11
    Dean 02-23-11 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Would make a great Community ed physics discussion"

    I guess this book about met my expectations. Even though at times it seems much like a text book, there really was not the depth and dry fact delivery I would hope to find in such a tome. I have recently read through a couple other universe reality books both scientific and philosophical and think that although this avoids the philosophical pursuits does use many of the same processes to prove a point.

    Great read...though only if you are into deep astrophysical topics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Regular Amazon Customer Herriman, Utah 05-22-17
    Regular Amazon Customer Herriman, Utah 05-22-17 Member Since 2017

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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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    Mark Twain Jr. Jr. Jr. Los Angeles 02-04-17
    Mark Twain Jr. Jr. Jr. Los Angeles 02-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "A far more followable book audiowise"

    I'm not sure if it was the content of Greene's 'The Elegant Universe' or the organization of the content of his narrative, but this book as an audio experience is far more comfortable to follow and contemplate than the latter. Hmm or perhaps it was just that The Elegant Universe perhaps might have been a bit better consumed as a text.

    Regardless of this or that...this book was a game changer on how I now look at Astrophysics, our multiverse, and Space and time in general. A brilliant piece of science and writing.

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    "satisfying overview"

    this book was an excellent review of multiverse ideas and where those ideas come from.

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    David 04-19-16
    David 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "brain-bender.Less accessible than elegant univese"

    Excellent book but less accessible than Elegant Universe. Concepts are very abstract and keeping up requires a lot of focus and scientific reasoning. Not really a light read or something to listen to at work or during a commute. Having said that the text is challenging and fulfilling and Brian does an excellent job of covering a large amount of material while still taking time to craft metaphors to help the listener keep up. I recommend this book if you watch Nova or Cosmos and think "yeah, but I've heard all this before." The Hidden Reality plunges into very deep matters and lesser known scientific inquiry. Four stars.

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    "Very Focuses and Well Fleshed Out"

    The best book on the multiverse when compared to 'Parallel Worlds' and 'Mathematical Universe' (have not heard Hawkings take yet). Greene stays very tightly focused on the goal of threading together the disparate 'hints' points toward the multiverse. That is a key to enjoying this book, it's all about hints, and clues, and implications taken to their logical extremes; so, given that, it's important to note that arguments must be tightly followed to understand why this matters. There is no definite answers or experiments, just rational. But Greene handles this exceptionally, guiding the reader carefully along the path from implications of the cosmological constant/expanding universe/dark energy, to the Big Bang and the theory of inflation, to string theory and quantum gravity, to quantum mechanical wavefunction collapse and the many-worlds hypothesis, to black hole entropy and the holographic principle, to branes. Parts can seem unrelated to each other, but each offers a hint at 'something more', which is the central theme of the book. There is more to know, here's some ideas on how we'll get there and how we got to those ideas.

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