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Parallel Worlds - The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2006, 12:00am

Parallel Worlds - The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos


by Michio Kaku


Penguin, $128


It's encouraging to think that, before our universe grows cold and dies - in a trillion or so years - we should, theoretically, be able to slip into a parallel universe that exists, even now, just an atom away. Well, that's the idea in Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku, writer, broadcaster and professor of theoretical physics at City University of New York. Here, he explains contemporary cosmology in comprehensible terms, starting with the Big Bang, and exploring modern physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Up to the Renaissance, man believed himself to have been placed by God at the centre of the universe, until Copernicus moved beyond pure thought to demonstrate that the Earth was nothing of the sort. As science discovers more, the less significant this planet, solar system and galaxy become in the universal scheme of things. Is our universe merely an insignificant part of some even greater reality? Answering that might get us to the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.


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