The Hidden Reality

The Hidden Reality

Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

eBook - 2011
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The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?

There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each.

Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? The Hidden Reality is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.



Baker & Taylor
An accessible tour of cutting-edge science that is impacting today’s world considers a growing body of principles supporting the idea of parallel universes. By the Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Elegant Universe.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
ISBN: 9780307595256
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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10000mefest
Apr 14, 2019

Fascinating information, even if a bit challenging for the layman at times. Upon completion I felt much more knowledgeable about several cosmological concepts and theories, including the multiverse theory, string theory and black hole theories. The main focus of this book is an exploration of all the multiverse theories. Greene spends time with each one giving the reader a good overview of the theory's origins and distinguishing characteristics. For those interested in the cosmos, quantum physics and quantum mechanics you'd be hard pressed to find a better "translator"/ "tour guide" than Brian Greene. And I listened to the audio format of this book, which I think enhanced my retention of this material. Recommended.

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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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