The Hidden Reality

The Hidden Reality

Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

Book - 2011
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From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most expansive and accessible book to date--a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe?

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 doppelg#65533;ngers, 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 math.

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. And, with his unrivaled ability to make the most challenging of material accessible and entertaining, Greene tackles the core question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach?

Sparked by Greene's trademark wit and precision, The Hidden Reality is at once a far-reaching survey of cutting-edge physics and a remarkable journey to the very edge of reality--a journey grounded firmly in science and limited only by our imagination.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307265630
0307265633
Branch Call Number: 530.12 Gre 9254ul 1
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Characteristics: xi, 370 p. : ill.

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debwalker Jan 24, 2011

Could our entire awareness be no more than a simulation, as in The Matrix?
Are there other universes barren of biological life? Or is there no universe other than our own?
Maybe.
"An accessible and witty handbook to parallel universes."
Peter Calamai
Toronto Star Feb 6, 2011


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Daveinportland
Aug 29, 2016

So I am going back and reviewing some of the books I have read previously. Have to be honest here, The Elegant Universe and Fabric of The Cosmos were great books, but I am kind of drawing a blank on this one. I know I read it, but apparently it did not make a last impression.

But that said, when I read the first two books I was clueless about Quantum Mechanics and I learned quite a bit through those books.

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nnikk
Jan 27, 2015

while the book is based on the newest physical and mathematical theories, most of multiverses are full of universes that repeat themselves an infinite number of times or vary very little. I believe that NATURE HAS AN INFINITE VARIETY: There are an infinite number of universes, each is different , infinite and eternal.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 09, 2014

Physicist Brian Greene is one of the best popular science writers, and in this third book (also in audio), he explores the idea of parallel universes and what they might look like in a way that non-scientists can (mostly) understand. This is all theoretical and conceptual science, but intriguing speculation on various multiverse-based explanations of reality.

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loreenparadis
Mar 16, 2014

He's the best writer on the subject -REALITY -out there. His earlier book, The Fabric of the Cosmos is also awesome. The Hidden Reality gets you as close to the leading edge of theoretical physics as you can get -short of sitting in on a graduate seminar.

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StarGladiator
Jun 29, 2013

While this is a good book, I believe everything was explained in the comic book, Fantastic Four, issues 52-54, titled "Subatomica" - - i.e., our universe is actually a neuron in someone's brain (god?), while universes reside within our own brains, our own neurons - - ergo, the multiverse!

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spivo
Sep 30, 2011

This is a good, mostly readable essay on the new physics.

muñeca Aug 01, 2011

This book is about the different theories in physics that come to the conclusion that we are part of a multiverse. Each chapter focuses on a specific theory such as M-Theory, String theory or the Endless Doppelgänger theory which all expound upon the idea that there are parallel universes out there. The book was exceptionally well written. The author is very good at making extremely difficult and complex theories easily comprehendible. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject!

debwalker Jan 24, 2011

Could our entire awareness be no more than a simulation, as in The Matrix?
Are there other universes barren of biological life? Or is there no universe other than our own?
Maybe.
"An accessible and witty handbook to parallel universes."
Peter Calamai
Toronto Star Feb 6, 2011

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