Review: The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hidden Reality represented my first attempt to get at the meat of the science behind the new advances in quantum physics and string theory; the theories that propose that there are parallel universes and extra dimensions that are, as yet, undetectable. For most of the book I had to stretch my intellectual abilities to gain a glimmer of understanding; for some of it, no stretching would be enough. But I learned enough to be thoroughly fascinated by the subject. I don’t believe the book is as “accessible” as its publisher claims, but it is still a masterful effort to explain things that even those formulating the theories don’t understand fully.

Beyond the review:

What fascinates me the most about this subject, is that there are strong mathematical theorems, recently proposed, that are similar to Einstein’s equations from the 1910’s in that they posit many radical new ideas about the structure of the universe. When Einstein’s theories and equations were first published, the technology did not exist to prove their validity. But subsequent decades showed that they were remarkably accurate. Will this happen again? Will the technology be developed – twenty, thirty, fifty years from now – that proves there truly are parallel universes, eleven dimensions and alternate realities? It is exciting to imagine, to say the least.

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