Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'The Hidden Reality' by Brian Greene

"Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, 'This is a hard saying; who can understand it?'" -- John 6:60 (NKJV)

If you read only one popular science book this year, The Hidden Reality would be an excellent choice.

Much of what we understand about the universe began as "what if?" questions and conjectures about how to explain what is puzzling. Yet, the intellectual richness of such investigations is denied to most of those who cannot take the time to study the underlying math and logic. A few science writers try to fill in a little of the gap with simple explanations that often puzzle more than clarify.

In The Hidden Reality, Professor Brian Greene has written a rare book that provides a powerful overview of intellectual dense theory without resorting to any math. It's an impressive accomplishment that I highly recommend to those who would like to have a sense of the assumptions behind and potential tests for various cosmological theories that imply or require more than one universe to exist simultaneously with our own.

While my summer reading normally runs to mysteries and thrillers, I must say that The Hidden Reality was the most fun read I had this year. I enjoyed it so much that I spent quite a bit of time with the book . . . just to extend my enjoyment.

I was particularly intrigued by the notion that what we perceive as reality might be no more than a program that creates a sense of a physical world. Great fun!

Bravo, Professor Greene!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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