Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions is the debut non-fiction book by Lisa Randall, published in , about. Warped Passages has ratings and reviews. Manuel said: If you’re into Unfortunately, Lisa Randall’s Warped Passages is no better. Just like Hidden. WARPED PASSAGES Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions. By Lisa Randall. Illustrated. pp. Ecco/ HarperCollins.
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First, the author writes in her own “voice” rather than a dispassionate, omnipotent, narrator. Written inthis book presents an excellent overview of the previous couple of decades of work into Physics Beyond the Standard Model. Though Randall steers clear of mathematics there are many abstract concepts in this book that are not at all easy to grasp, especially the idea of non-spatial symmetries and symmetry breaking.
This book does a great job of using analogies, such as explaining concepts in 2d and 3d worlds we can reason about and explaining that the same reasoning would apply to higher dimensional worlds too I wxrped the analogy of a bug crawling along 2 dimensional plane curled up into a hose.
Randall presents an excellent overview of the state of play in PBSM in the early years of this century. Throughout the middle section of the book, there is a growing emphasis on the urgency of resolving the hierarchy problem, or the question ‘why is gravity so weak? In many places through the book she talks about the predictions being made and looks forward to the LHC results.
But it also has a massive, gaping hole in the middle of it, a flaw that has consumed the efforts of several generations of physicists and continues to represent an impenetrable mystery. But, read this book no matter which you decide. The book is very well written and easy to understand; the author has explained the relevant physical concepts in a simple and lucid manner; highly recommended.
Randall and co-researchers have produced interesting models of physics in which the extra dimensions of string theory are shown to not all necessarily be miniscule curled-up planck-scale regions beyond experimental probing.
Many, many years ago I developed the principle, “Do not get your life wisdom from pop songs. So that’s 1 drop per second, right? Combine New Edition 3 20 Jun 10, The some day I had did so tough-Job.
Good overview of some recent developments in string theory, but some muddled explanations made this a slog. The theory of supersymmetry also explains the hierarchy problem by postulating that every fundamental particle has a heavier partner, but the theory currently predicts particle interactions that don’t occur in nature.
However, one of the major problems of this theory is that it is all talk theoretical but no substance no experimental evidence. Any particles in a brane can never get out of the brane—all physical interactions remain within the brane. In actual fact, any work of popular science, particularly in the field of physics, is going to be condescending in places by necessit People make too much of condescension in science writers; I’ve seen several reviews now praise Randall for not being condescending or patronising, possibly because Randall herself mentions that she wrote the book because so many others struck her as being patronising or condescending and professional reviewers are usually journalists and journalists are lazy hacks.
And univers looks like alive and mother earth conected each of us.
Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 06, Marilyn rated it liked it. It’s not easy reading, but it’s worth the effort, as passxges book helps you real This book is an overview of rwndall particle physics as of and a surprisingly deep look at how the universe works at the sub-atomic level.
I caught glimpses of our invisible world of virtual particles, gluons, squarks, 5th dimensions and branes. Again it took me some time to realise that this “flavour mixing” was something I knew about – neutrino oscillation!
I also found it annoying for its frequent injection of self-promotion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Her coverage of the Standard Model, Symmetry, Supersymmetry, Strings, Branes and dimensionality are probably the best that I have ever read for non-physicists.
View all 3 comments. I had heard ToE before, but never in such terms—what an audacious goal! I thought this book, particularly when compared to, say, Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe, continually fell short of its ambitions. Since I was unfamiliar with her or any prior books one was mentioned in the write upI did some cursory digging and found that she had written her first book in the mids.
The middle half of the book slogs through a brief history of particle physics, string theory, and multiple dimensions.
Some variants, like Minimal Supersymmetry, are already dead in the water, with no evidence of the relatively light superpartners they predict. I think I am capable of reading a lay book about science. Don’t be fooled by the journo’s reassuring commentary on the cover.
Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
Retrieved from ” https: The big question of coming out of this work is, “What is the nature of dimension? View all 14 comments.
Very, very often the same information is repeated several times, seemingly building to some greater point, only for the chapter to end with a bullet point summary of those same, repeated points. As it was published some years before the opening of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, there is a certain sense of wheel spinning as the theory waits for experimental verification.
Paperbackpages. There is a lot of material to cover to even understand what the Hierarchical Problem is and why it is such a big proble This is on the list of Brian Greene’s “Suggestions for Further Reading” in “The Hidden Reality”. The topic is mostly contemporary particle physics but to add the necessary depth and perspective she covers the late 19th century development of the original “atomic” models as well as classic physics topics such as: There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable.
As such she describes many first-hand events and impressions; perhaps these are beyond the expectations of some readers.
She has also been also been interviewed because Science Watch and the ISI Essential Science Indicators have indicated her research as some of the best cited in all of science.