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—taking 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.

Published: HarperCollins on Nov 10, 2009
ISBN: 9780061981234
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Hard to read but quite enlightening with a lot of redundant passages. Style and short stories at the beginning of each chapter rather dull. Nevertheless recommendable for everyone who wants to broaden his horizons (in the truest sense of the word).read more
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This is not an easy book to read. What's easy about quantum mechanics? To my own astonishment, however, Lisa Randall took me from basic physics to the esoteric theories of warp geometry, string theory and added dimensions in a way that I could understand and actually remember. She uses examples from our daily lives in an imaginative and fun way to make the readers understand some extraordinarily difficult concepts and take us along the road of discovery and, of course, speculation.This book has nothing to do with Star Trek or Star Wars but I found it just as fascinating.read more
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Another big publishing event by a front-line physicist. Approaches to the deficiencies of Standard-Model particle physics -- supersymmetry, strings, branes, ... and, especially, hidden dimensions of space. Large extra dimensions could be invisible to us because photons, not to mention all ordinary matter particles, would be confined to our 3-brane; only gravitons, perhaps, would be free to move throughout the bulk space (thus explaining why the gravitational interaction is so extremely feeble relative to the strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions). 458+ pages.read more
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Hard to read but quite enlightening with a lot of redundant passages. Style and short stories at the beginning of each chapter rather dull. Nevertheless recommendable for everyone who wants to broaden his horizons (in the truest sense of the word).
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This is not an easy book to read. What's easy about quantum mechanics? To my own astonishment, however, Lisa Randall took me from basic physics to the esoteric theories of warp geometry, string theory and added dimensions in a way that I could understand and actually remember. She uses examples from our daily lives in an imaginative and fun way to make the readers understand some extraordinarily difficult concepts and take us along the road of discovery and, of course, speculation.This book has nothing to do with Star Trek or Star Wars but I found it just as fascinating.
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Another big publishing event by a front-line physicist. Approaches to the deficiencies of Standard-Model particle physics -- supersymmetry, strings, branes, ... and, especially, hidden dimensions of space. Large extra dimensions could be invisible to us because photons, not to mention all ordinary matter particles, would be confined to our 3-brane; only gravitons, perhaps, would be free to move throughout the bulk space (thus explaining why the gravitational interaction is so extremely feeble relative to the strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions). 458+ pages.
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Absolutely wonderful book. Lisa manages to describe without maths what is behind current theories in physics and the workings of the fundamental particles of all matter. She actually makes the unfolding mysteries of quarks and leptons fascinating reading, describing the paths that research has taken in the last 50 years or so and what is left to find out. You won't remember much of the details but what you will get is a general understanding of what they are looking for and how they do it.
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Fascinating, but really hard to get through for a non-science person. She does her level best though.
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Lisa Randall does an excellent job of making complex ideas understandable to nonspecialists. She explains new ideas about the dimensionality of spacetime and along the way the reader gets to discover the underlying component parts of the universe. To one interested in God, theology and religion, this book is especially fascinating. Creation is truly extraordinary (and that's what I'd expect from an extraordinary God).
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