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Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku

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Is our universe dying? Could there be other universes? In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku an author who has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth (Wall Street Journal) takes readers on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe. In his first book of physics since Hyperspace, Michio Kaku begins by describing the extraordinary advances that have transformed cosmology over the last century, and particularly over the last decade, forcing scientists around the world to rethink our understanding of the birth of the universe, and its ultimate fate. In Dr. Kaku's eyes, we are living in a golden age of physics, as new discoveries from the WMAP and COBE satellites and the Hubble space telescope have given us unprecedented pictures of our universe in its infancy. As astronomers wade through the avalanche of data from the WMAP satellite, a new cosmological picture is emerging. So far, the leading theory about the birth of the universe is the inflationary universe theory, a major refinement on the big bang theory. In this theory, our universe may be but one in a multiverse, floating like a bubble in an infinite sea of bubble universes, with new universes being created all the time. A parallel universe may well hover a mere millimeter from our own. The very idea of parallel universes and the string theory that can explain their existence was once viewed with suspicion by scientists, seen as the province of mystics, charlatans, and cranks. But today, physicists overwhelmingly support string-theory, and its latest iteration, M-theory, as it is this one theory that, if proven correct, would reconcile the four forces of the universe simply and elegantly, and answer the question What happened before the big bang? Already, Kaku explains, the world's foremost physicists and astronomers are searching for ways to test the theory of the multiverse using highly sophisticated wave detectors, gravity lenses, satellites, and telescopes. The implications of M-theory are fascinating and endless. If parallel worlds do exist, Kaku speculates, in time, perhaps a trillion years or more from now, as appears likely, when our universe grows cold and dark in what scientists describe as a big freeze, advanced civilizations may well find a way to escape our universe in a kind of inter-dimensional lifeboat. An unforgettable journey into black holes and time machines, alternate universes, and multidimensional space, Parallel Worlds gives us a compelling portrait of the revolution sweeping the world of cosmology.



  • I absolutely love Michio Kaku's energy and enthusiasm in "Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos" - he's like a mad dog, in the best possible way! This is actually my second time listening to this book, and I know it won't be my last. Kaku's discussions cover such a wide range of topics that it's hard not to feel both mystified and excited about the future of science. Despite being almost a decade old, the book remains incredibly relevant, and what's great is that you don't need a scientific background to enjoy it. Kaku's analogies for explaining complex scientific concepts are not only clever, but also incredibly interesting.
  • The narration in this book is flawless and incredibly concise. Michio Kaku provides a detailed and easy-to-understand explanation of cutting-edge physics theories, spanning the past 300 years. Think of it as a modern science book that not only entertains, but also elucidates concepts like String Theory, Parallel Worlds, Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Quantum Theory. Furthermore, Kaku delves into the history behind these theories, providing a thorough understanding of how we arrived at our current understanding. This book is truly outstanding and I highly recommend it.
  • I purchased this alongside the author's previous work, "Einstein's Cosmos," and I couldn't help but notice that he essentially regurgitates the entire content of that book within this one. It's as if he copy-pasted certain sections, including the same historical anecdotes. To make matters worse, he also repeats himself excessively within the book itself. He'll state something, and then the very next paragraph will essentially restate the same sentence with only minor changes. This pattern continues throughout the chapters, which becomes incredibly distracting. Regrettably, this isn't even the most bothersome aspect of the book. The author devotes an astonishing amount of time to what appears to be a desperate attempt to validate the absurd concept known as the anthropic principle. By doing so, I found myself questioning whether I was actually reading a science book or a collection of quotes from self-proclaimed "scientists" who somehow entertain the idea of a creator. The author even goes as far as implying that "most scientists" believe in a non-personal god. Yes, he genuinely makes this claim. Furthermore, his case for string theory and parallel worlds doesn't come across as particularly convincing. In summary, this book descends into a state of repetition that borders on the absurd. I strongly advise against wasting your time with it.