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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Review: Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond

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I had to leaf through the second half of this book because I thought it was boring. The subject was too complicated for my puny brain. That said, the book isn't poorly written. The subject matter is ... Read full review

Review: Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond

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Excellent. A physicist examines the history of our fascination with extra spatial dimensions in religion, philosophy, popular culture, and science. Most of the emphasis is on science and, in particular, string theories. Read full review

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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

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About the author (2006)

Lawrence M. Krauss is Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the author of two acclaimed books, "Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed" and "The Fifth Essence: The Search far Dark Matter in the Universe, " and over 120 scientific articles. He is the recipient of several international awards for his work, including the Presidential Investigator Award, given by President Reagan in 1986. He lectures extensively to both lay and professional audiences and frequently appears on radio and television.

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