13 February 2010

Book Review: "Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension"

Wow, what can I say about this book? It inspired me to learn more science, specifically physics. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension has vivid analogies that I was able to, more or less, understand when I was about 11 years old.

The thought experiments Kaku talked about made me imagine the possibilities of the universe. It's a great book to get kids interested in science since it explains the intuitions without being stuck in the precise details.

Intuitions of what? Well, intuitions of space, time, and ultimately spacetime of more than three dimensions. It has nice thought experiments to help develop intuitions of what it's like to have more than three dimensions. Kaku also explains the intuitions around string theory, which is fascinating as well (even if it turns out that string theory is wrong, it's still fun to imagine the universe in a different way).

A great book, especially for kids. Highly recommended!

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