The Allure of the Multiverse: Extra Dimensions, Other Worlds, and Parallel Universes

Basic. Jan. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781541602175. $30. SCI
Science writer and physicist Halpern (Saint Joseph’s Univ.; Flashes of Creation) taps into the current fascination with alternate realities. A growing number of movies, TV shows, and novels point to increased understanding and questioning of multidimensional worlds. Halpern posits the possible existence of parallel universes via conceptual frameworks from geometry, cosmology, and physics—some of them widely accepted, others already discounted, and many currently under critique. He connects the research of Newton, Einstein, and Hawking to that of dozens of other historical and modern figures. Proceeding through decades of observation, experimentation, and simulation, the book charts the movement toward and then away from from a single, unified theory of the universe.
VERDICT This expert untangling of complicated concepts will kindle curiosity and awe for quantum physics. An excellent recommendation for both science-fiction enthusiasts and readers of popular nonfiction.
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