Hiding in the Mirror: The Quest for Alternate Realities, from Plato to String Theory (by way of Alicei n Wonderland, Einstein, and The Twilight Zone)

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Penguin, Nov 28, 2006 - Science - 288 pages
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An exploration of mankind's fascination with worlds beyond our own-by the bestselling author of The Physics of Star Trek

Lawrence Krauss -an international leader in physics and cosmology-examines our long and ardent romance with parallel universes, veiled dimensions, and regions of being that may extend tantalizingly beyond the limits of our perception. Krauss examines popular culture's current embrace (and frequent misunderstanding) of such topics as black holes, life in other dimensions, strings, and some of the more extraordinary new theories that propose the existence of vast extra dimensions alongside our own. BACKCOVER: "An astonishing and brilliantly written work of popular science."
-Science a GoGo

"A brilliant, thrilling book . . . You'll have so much fun reading that you'll hardly notice you're getting a primer on contemporary physics and cosmology."
-Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
 

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The subtitle expresses it all: "The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions". We start with a recap of special and general relativity, setting the stage for the claim that physics has, legitimately ... Read full review

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Good subject, but unclear (and often ungrammatical) writing make the later parts on contemporary physics pretty hard going. Read full review

Contents

THE PRIVILEGE TO LIVE IN SPACE?
FROM FROGS LEGS TO FIELDS
THE ROAD TO RELATIVITY
THE FOURTH DIMENSION
DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE
THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
AN EXTRA DIMENSION TO PHYSICS
THERE AND BACK AGAIN
OUT OF CHAOS
ALIENS FROM OTHER DIMENSIONS
AN ENTANGLED KNOT
SUPER TIMES FOR THE SUPERWORLD
M IS FOR MOTHER CHAPTER 16 D IS FOR BRANEWORLD CHAPTER 17 A THEORY OF NOTHING?
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgements GLOSSARY
INDEX

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER

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Lawrence M. Krauss is one of today’s leading theoretical physicists. He has won numerous awards for his research, his writing, and his efforts to popularize science. The author of seven books, he is a frequent contributor to NPR and many publications.

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