In Search of the Multiverse: Parallel Worlds, Hidden Dimensions, and the Ultimate Quest for the Frontiers of Reality

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Wiley, Jul 30, 2010 - Science - 240 pages
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Critical acclaim for John Gribbin

"The master of popular science."
Sunday Times (London)

"Gribbin explains things very well indeed, and there's not an equation in sight."
David Goodstein, The New York Times Book Review (on Almost Everyone's Guide to Science)

"Gribbin breathes life into the core ideas of complexity science, and argues convincingly that the basic laws, even in biology, will ultimately turn out to be simple."
Nature magazine (on Deep Simplicity)

"Gribbin takes us through the basics [of chaos theory] with his customary talent for accessibility and clarity. [His] arguments are driven not by impersonal equations but by a sense of wonder at the presence in the universe and in nature of simple, self-organizing harmonies underpinning all structures, whether they are stars or flowers."
Sunday Times (London) (on Deep Simplicity)

"In the true quantum realm, Gribbin remains the premier expositor of the latest developments."
Booklist (on Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality)

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I found this a fascinating read. Being a layman and no scientist of qualification I found Gribbons explanation of current understanding of the quantum world, along with his more advanced explanations of the multiverse theories a fascinating read.
To anyone that is truly interested in the origin of 'life the universe and everything' I would put this book down as essential reading. However, a word of caution - when Gribbon moves beyond 'fact' and into the realm of unproved ( or even unprovable, some might say) theory, it's important to keep in mind that as with any theory, it is still just that, and theory can often be coloured by the authors personal beliefs and prejudice. Don't let this put you off though. Remain open minded and enjoy a very succinct tour through one model of the creation we find ourselves in. Gribbons model is not the only possibility, but its described beautifully in laymans language.
I despair at the number of negative comments and reviews I've read for this book. So much of the opinion against Gribbons interpretation is coloured by emotion and personal 'belief'. Of course everyone is entitled to there opinion. But it's only through the exploration of differing (often conflicting) models, that new ideas are born. Emotion lead debate sums up everything that is wrong with the scientific community at large and does nothing to further the cause of rational science and the search for a unified model of the world about us.
Do yourself a favour and read this fascinating insight into the nature of reality. But remember to keep an open mind (not so open that your brain falls out. (I love that phrase! Don't know who first came up with it but they are wise words to live by..))

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About the author (2010)

JOHN GRIBBIN is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books including In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, Science: A History, and Deep Simplicity. He trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

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