Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions by Lisa RandallWarped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall

Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

byLisa Randall

Paperback | September 19, 2006

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The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.

Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor's edge of modern scientific theory. One of the world's leading theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall provides astonishing scientific possibilities that, until recently, were restricted to the realm of science fiction. Unraveling the twisted threads of the most current debates on relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity, she explores some of the most fundamental questions posed by Nature&#8212taking us into the warped, hidden dimensions underpinning the universe we live in, demystifying the science of the myriad worlds that may exist just beyond our own.

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is the Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science and the author of theNew York TimesNotable BooksKnocking on Heaven's DoorandWarped Passages. Her work has set her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists today, and she is...
Title:Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden DimensionsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 1.15 inPublished:September 19, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060531096

ISBN - 13:9780060531096


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warped Passages As non-scientist who is nevertheless science passionate, I love keeping up with the current state of affairs of the scientific enterprise, at least as much as an informed layman can. This means that I must rely heavily on the ability of scientists themselves to reduce their subject's complexities to a level more comprehensible to the 'civilian' (a rare gift), or seek out the interpretations by writers specializing in science reporting. Since my math brain is of the '90 pound weakling' variety, I will forever be denied any true depth of understanding of most of physics. The most galling of all is the supremely counterintuitive quantum mechanics, a description of the world at certain scales that became almost universally accepted after an astonishingly short period of vetting. Physics, standing on the tower of relativity, and using the 10 metre springboard of quantum mechanics, stood poised to (paraphrasing Leacock's Lord Ronald) leap "madly off in all directions". And now, after 40 years of periodic revistings in my quest to 'get it', comes Dr Lisa Randall's book Warped Passages. Dr Randall's clear expository style, her analogies, careful building upon foundational theories, even her showing how some promising ideas were eventually shown to be wrong, has finally given me the start I have been craving. There is much I still need to digest, but Lisa Randall has at last given me something I can taste!
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