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Im Paralleluniversum: Eine kosmologische Reise vom Big Bang in die 11.… (2004)

von 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.… (mehr)
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In Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos, Michio Kaku describes the development of quantum physics and superstring theory as well as what these concepts reveal about the universe, our place within it, and how we might ultimately transcend it. Kaku writes in a style that’s easy for laypersons to follow, explaining concepts as he goes and avoiding overly-complicated mathematical formulae in favor of clearly-worded explanations and analogies. His work also functions as a history of science, detailing how each development resulted from generations, sometimes centuries, of mathematicians and physicists building upon and refuting each other’s work. Even geniuses like Newton and Einstein fit in with this collective narrative, standing out while being part of a larger history.

Kaku details the lives of some of his subjects, explaining how they did not always seem destined for greatness. He describes Albert Einstein’s experience of finding himself “hopelessly unemployable” after completing his studies. According to Kaku, Einstein’s “pleading, depressing letters show the depths to which he descended. He considered himself to be a failure and a painful financial burden on his parents. In one poignant letter, he confessed that he even considered ending his life: ‘The misfortune of my poor parents, who for so many years have not had a happy moment, weighs most heavily on me… I am nothing but a burden to my relatives… It would surely be better if I did not live at all’” (pg. 30).

Further, those familiar with science-fiction will appreciate how Kaku explains the way in which fiction authors took concepts and extrapolated them, eventually inspiring physicists and mathematicians, who later inspired other authors of fiction. This cycle of art imitating life imitating art adds to the collective narrative of discovery. Naturally, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Douglas Adams, and others make appearances, while ideas like Misner space (pg. 138) and Miguel Alcubierre’s warp drive (pgs. 334-335) resemble the mirror cave from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Cubert Farnsworth’s dark matter engine from Futurama, respectively. As a result, Kaku’s work will entertain and enlighten those seeking to learn more about the science of science-fiction. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jul 16, 2021 |
Really not a bad book. Michio Kaku takes this incredibly complex idea and boils it down to a consumable book. With that being said, this book isn't for the faint of heart. While some concepts are easier to grasp than others, there is a large chunk of this book in which I went on "screensaver mode". Certainly no fault of the author, but I don't have near the background to grasp many of these concepts at a high level.

With that being said, I found it very fascinating. This would have made for a decent sci-fi book if it weren't true. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
If this book was still current/accurate I would give it 4 stars. I was very well written and pretty easy to follow (especially the first several chapters). When it was over I wanted to learn more,so I researched more info. And what did I find out? Well many of the theories he said would be proven by the HSC have been proven, but not in the way he expected. Everything he said the future test would show did just the opposite.

He should have taken a more middle of the road approach to the science that isn't proven yet and gave more reasons why the test may not be positive. Or if they fail what that would mean. So this entire book while not completely wrong it is wrong. I did learn though and it is interesting. ( )
  schlista | Feb 18, 2019 |
Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos. By Michio Kaku

This book clearly explains theories allusive to many of us who are not physics scientists. Kaku presents the theories chronologically: blackholes, time, multidimential space, and the most intriguing, the possibility that worlds may be occurring right next to our own.

“The problem lies not in relativity but in assuming that our common sense represents reality.”

Philosophical and scientific. Did God play dice with the universe, as Einstein asked, or are there answers yet to come. “What happened before the beginning? Can time be reversed? Can dimensional gateways take us across the universe?” Kaku takes the reader on a thrilling ride...in just as entertaining a way as many science fiction writers.
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  DJadamson | Jan 4, 2018 |
მიჩიო კაკუ ალბათ ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე ცნობადი და პოპულარული ტელესახეა დღეს. მეცნიერების მნიშვნელოვანი ხმა, დიდ წილად უშინაარსო გართობაზე ორიენტირებულ მსოფლიო კულტურის სფეროში.
კაკუ science channel-ზე გავიცანი, თითქმის ყველა ჩემ საყვარელ დოკუმენტურ პროგრამას ან უძღვებოდა ან მონაწილეობდა მაინც: - How the Universe Works, Sci-fi Science physics of the impossible, 2057, Alien planet აგრეთვე Nova-ს BBC Horizon და History Channel-ის პროგრამებში. მოკლედ მიჩიო ყველგან იყო (და არის) ამ გარემოების ამოხსნა არაა ძნელი - მიჩიო ძალიან კარგი მთხრობელია,ფლობს უმარავ ინფორმაციას, უყვარს სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკა და შეუძლია შეგაყვაროს მეცნიერება. მისი ლექციები თუ სატელევიზიო პროგრამები ყოველთვის მარტივი, გასაგები, საინტერესო და თავშესაქცევია. თითქოს სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკასთან გაქვს საქმე და არა მეცნიერებასთან. გასაკვირი არაა რომ მისი წიგნი "პარალელური სამყაროებიც" არ არის გამონაკლისი.
"პარალელური სამყაროები" ჩემ ბიბლიოთეკაში მიჩიოს პირველი წიგნია, შთაბეჭდილებაც ისეთი იყო როგორც ზემოთ ჩამოთვლილ საყვარელი პროგრამების ყურებისას. წიგნი უამრავ მასალას მოიცავს: - სამყაროს დაბადებას, მომავალს, სიკვდილს, დროში მოგზაურობას, დრო სივრცით პორტალებს, დროში მოგზაურობის პარადოქსებს, მულტი სამყაროს, სიმების თეორიას, კვანტურ თეორიას, პარალელურ სამყაროებს და მათში გადასახლებას როცა ამ სამყაროს სიკვდილის დრო დაუდგება.
კაკუ უნიკალურად იცავს ბალანსს სიმსუბუქესა და სიღრმეს შორის. მეცნიერული თემები არც იმდენად მსუბუქია რომ ინტერესი დაკარგო და არც იმდენად ღრმა რომ დეტალებში აიხლართო. თავები პატარ-პატარა საინტერესო თემებად არის დაყოფილი, სანამ ერთ საინტერესო ნაწილს მორჩები მეორე იქვე გელოდება.

კაკუს ანალოგიები გაჯერებულია მაგალითებით სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკიდან, უკვე იმდენი საინტერესო სცენარი და წიგნი აღმოვაჩინე რომ მეც გამიჩნდა სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკის დაწერის სურვილი. ამ ყველაფერის ერთადერთი ნაკლი ისაა რომ რამდენიმე წიგნის, (რომლის წაკითხვასაც უახლოეს მომავალში ვაპირებ) მოკლე შინაარსი წაკითხვამდე გავიგე.
კრიტიკოსებს ძალიან თამამი მოეჩვენებათ კაკუს სპეკულაციები და ჰიპოთეზები. მაგრამ ის არ ამტკიცებს რომ მთელი ეს ფანტასტიკური ამბები რეალობაა და მორჩა. ეს დიდად სავარაუდოდ შეიძლება რეალობა იყოს.
ზოგჯერ თეორიული მეცნიერება ძალზედ უსწრებს იმპირულს, მაგრამ იმედი არის რომ ეს ყველაფერი დამტკიცდება და მერე ძალიან შორეულ მომავალში შესაძლოა ისეთი ამბებიც მოხდეს რაც ახლა ასე აბსურდულად ჟღერს.
4,5 ვარსკვლავი ობიექტური იქნებოდა, თუმცა 4-ისთვის ვერ გავიმეტე და 5 ჯობია. ( )
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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.

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