John Gribbin, an acclaimed science writer and astrophysicist, tackles a number of subjects in his new book, In Search of the Multiverse. People are often sent running for the hills when they hear terms like quantum mechanics, string theory, and not to mention the important differences between general and special relativity. The key with Gribbin is that he doesn’t hold back in throwing the reader into the thick of all this scientific thought and theory and then leave them there, but acts as a life-saving guide, taking them along step by step, explaining terms and ideas in their simplest form and in a way that any reader can appreciate and understand; along with numerous examples with normal everyday settings. He also fully admits that there are areas of the above mentioned terms that no one fully understands, at least not yet. Quantum mechanics for one: the idea that every possibility in a particular situation can be achieved in an instant to the point where possibilities in other dimensions are reached. It all sounds like science fiction, and yet results have somehow been achieved. Gribbin takes you through, thoroughly, so in the end – at least for a little while – you are able to grasp what’s going on. The other key to In Search of the Universe is that it’s not a 600-800 page tome, but a relatively short 200 pages, with concise chapters, making it all the more easier for the reader to get through these complex subjects at a decent pace and to reread if necessary. And how many parallel universes are there out there? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out.
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Originally written on December 21, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.