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  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • Written by: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Is our universe dying?

Could there be other universes?

In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku - an author who "has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth" (Wall Street Journal) - takes listeners 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 "interdimensional 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.

©2006 Michio Kaku (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In Parallel Worlds, Michio Kaku brings his formidable explanatory talents to bear on one of the strangest and most exciting possibilities to have emerged from modern physics: that our universe may be but one among many, perhaps infinitely many, arrayed in a vast cosmic network. With deft use of analogy and humor, Kaku patiently introduces the reader to variations on this theme of parallel universes, coming from quantum mechanics, cosmology, and most recently, M-theory. Read this book for a wonderful tour, with an expert guide, of a cosmos whose comprehension forces us to stretch to the very limits of imagination." (Brian Greene, Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics, Columbia University, and author of The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Elegant Universe)
"Those who might enjoy a tour of cosmology, time travel, string theory, and the universe in 10 or 11 dimensions will find no better guide than Michio Kaku, a rare individual who has undertaken research in these subject areas yet also knows well how to present this intriguing, complex material in an engaging and easily assimilable style." (Donald Goldsmith, author of The Runaway Universe and Connecting with the Cosmos)
"A highly readable and exhilarating romp through the frontiers of cosmology." (Martin Rees, author of Our Cosmic Habitat and Our Final Century)

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Read it for detailed explanation on String Theory

and how it works to lead into the theory of multiverse, parallel universe, higher dimensions etc. Personally, I wasn't too interested in such details and could easily be happy without 3-4 hours of listening time in the middle of the book. However, the parts which interest me were beautifully dealt with and I got the concepts very easily (PS: am not related to physics or science academically). Overall, a good read for possibility, study and theories on parallel worlds.

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  • Z
  • 23-11-20

science backed up. not spiritually inclined

I purchased this book thinking it will be of spirituality but it is completely scientific in nature. This book is filled with lot of physics bases terminology. Scientific terminology is alien to me and physics is beyond my senses to grasp. Nonetheless I enjoyed listening to this book. The book talks about multiple situations, theories, contradictions and probabilities of the universe and its existence. I would definitely recommend listening to this book if scientific approach is something that you are looking for. But I would not recommend to people who are looking for complete spiritual stuff with regards to parallel worlds. Also the narrator has done a fantastic job.

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excellent book on cosmos with excellent narration

my first audible book was narrated by stephen fry since then no other narrator satisfied me. I'm a non english speaking person. at last i found someone matching with him. this book was narrated so beautifully with emotion i just loved it
michio kaku is one of my favorites. he described cosmos and celestial laws so beautifully that readers will be mesmerized like me. i found myself drifted in outer space and imagining wondeeful multiverse. it's a must read for space lovers.

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Simply explained

The book is an excellent explanation of several theories. You don’t need to be well versed in physics and quantum physics to understand the simple way it has been explained.

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Must read book by Michio Kaku

The concepts are very well explained in a plain simple language. Simple enough for even a layman to understand. Highly recommended.

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  • Ergonet
  • 08-09-16

Insight into Nature of that thing we live in

Much of the content is covered by similar volumes, but it is a mammoth summary of the state of cosmological play. Particularly strong on the long term future, it wil pose some awkward questions for those who believe supernatural deities designed it. Whether it is true or not, it is remarkable that a recently evolved primate has come up with these ideas, especially in a short femto period in the age of the universe.

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  • mcsmall
  • 06-11-16

Fascinating !

Michio Kaku has the ability to explain complex issues in cosmology in an accessible manner; this is mind boggling stuff which is totally absorbing .
The soft trans Atlantic narration by Marc Vietor was just right .

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  • sh88
  • 26-02-17

Brilliantly informative book

Awesome book, well researched and informative. Really gets you thinking and wanting more. At over 14 hours its not a quick listen however you will come away better informed and possible with a mind blown from all the possibilites of the universe. Beautifully narrated so easy to understand every word. Get it!

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  • mr j booth
  • 12-06-19

Great Theoretical Physics Lesson

There is a lot of theory and equations throughout the book which would be much easier to digest if it was written down (as in an physical book), but it is a well written book with lots of interesting theories and explanations of historical events with good insight into some of the leading physicists throughout time and how their theories and experiments led us to this point. I would certainly recommend this book to those with a inquisitive scientific outlook.

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  • Graham
  • 11-04-18

Wow!

Perhaps the greatest mind today. Utterly thought provoking, educational and a must read. Closing chapter provides the reader with very sage advice.

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  • P. Barker
  • 17-01-17

Brilliant

What a brilliant insight into the science behind parallel universes... I'll be reaching for the Hyperspace book next :/)

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  • Simon
  • 27-12-16

Dissapointed

I bought this book to get a better understanding of concepts of the multiverse. However at chapter 4 or 5 the author treats concepts such as the flat universe, the horizon problem and how inflation can lead to the multiverse veery badly. I've had to buy books to understand the topics in better detail. Now this could be because of the absence of diagrams (all technical audio books should come with the digital book IMHO and Audiable fails badly in this respect). I've been stuck on that one chapter for weeks. Another thing Auidable are completely incompetent in doing is labelling chapters properly. Audiablw should reject all books that don't label chapters correctly. It could be the author covers this better later on in the book. Another bad point is the readers in ability to pronounce the physicists names properly .... its painful to hear his mistakes all the time.

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  • Evelyn
  • 10-01-21

Awkward narrator

I couldn't get myself through this audiobook. A lot of rambling anecdotes, which failed to capture my attention. Also, the narrator kept mispronouncing the word '"universe" - and with the subject matter, prepare to hear it said weirdly a lot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-20

Fantastic

Offers a great perspective and thoughts from the greatest minds and an excellent and engaging reader

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  • Diana Varela
  • 01-06-20

Interesting book. worth reading

Enjoyed it, it's an Interesting book. It's worth reading.
I don't mind reading it again

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  • David
  • 17-03-18

Brilliant understandable summary of universes

comprehensive, non complex and never boring...although many times i replayed paragrapghs to grasp deeper understanding. Wonderful afterword too about the meaning of our universe and our place in it. thank you!

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  • luke
  • 25-11-16

Full of good science and stuff but.......

The author presents string theory and parallel universes in an educational way that most people can understand. Its fun and easy to follow and I enjoyed it until........ Toward the end he insinuates that because string theory hasn't been worked out yet, that there could be a god behind it all. He also uses Schrodingers cat as an example of something not being in existence unless it's observed as evidence of a god. Yet everything is in existence so there must be some supernatural being observing everything to break the wave function. My question is how do we know it's a god? Could it be another universe that has the technology to observe us breaking the wave function? Or even another high tech race observing us from a distance? Just because there's a gap that needs to be filled dosnt mean there is a god. Other than that flawed reasoning I enjoyed this book and its well worth a listen.
Cheers.

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  • PerryO
  • 29-08-17

Very Good "read" , thought provoking !! D Pez 😆

Inspiring book. totally enjoyed . very thought provoking and interesting information
I will recommend it to All.
Pez 💥💥💥💥💥

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  • Gary H Lindquist
  • 07-05-20

Parallel Worlds

Deeply insightful, thought provoking and highly recommended. Expertly narrated with clarity, empathy and precision. Great!

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  • Joanne
  • 17-01-17

Thought-provoking

A very interesting overview of the latest mathematical and cosmological theories as they relate to the birth, growth and death of the universe and associated implications including parallel worlds and the multiverse. Well presented in terms that the layperson can understand.

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  • Praveen
  • 03-01-17

Awesome

Interesting narration. Science made easy for everyone. Love to hear more audio books from this author.