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)An exploration of mankind's fascination with worlds beyond our ownby the bestselling author of The Physics of Star Trek Lawrence Krauss an international leader in physics and cosmologyexamines 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
User Review  Mark  GoodreadsI 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
User Review  GoodreadsExcellent. 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
Contents
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  
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