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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It may hide additional dimensions of space other passagrs the familier three we recognize. If you’re looking for a discussion of the implications or real world applications of the theories she does not go into that level of detail.

Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions

There is increasing perception among some leading physicists like Ed Witten that space and time could be illusions, or it is perhaps made of simpler yet undiscovered physical parameters.

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 paseages 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.

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? If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Oct 23, Paul rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And of course we haven’t touched on the last years of models and theories, yet. May 06, Charles rated it really liked it.

It definitely peaked by curiosity and I am intrigued to learn more, but this is no “particle physics for dummies”. Randall also offers the worst introduction to the fundamental mysteries of quantum passagse I’ve ever read and I’ve read quite a number. Since I read this on a train in twenty minute intervals, I would find myself reading a passage knowing that she had explained a term two chapters ago but couldn’t remember how it was relevant to the current chapter and all I had to do was refer to the glossary.


In the warpex of places where she writes about this we see how a specific woman’s contribution to a discovery or theory may not be attributed, recognized or passges.

We need answers and a way to plug up the yawning void sitting at the warpec of the Standard Model. A solution to the hierarchy problem in physics Gravity is the weakest forces of all the four forces of our universe, because, according to the author, it is concentrated in another spatial dimension of the universe, and these extra dimensions could be infinitely large.

It can be difficult to try and explain abstract theoretical physics concepts with just analogies and no equations, but Randall does a reasonably good job of describing the main points of interest and research in her field.

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Not the reading, just the “obligated” part. Again, for myself these were neither offensive nor irritating, but not everyone may be as amused as I was by a few little left-leaning comments.

And because people who tend to read pop sci will tend to be at least sort of familiar with at least some of the ground covered already, warpex means at least parts of any decent book will seem unbearably patronising to them. This material includes special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. It also explores the topic of dimensions: These stories have no literary merit and do not make understanding the forthcoming material any easier.

Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall

There were several helpful tools though; one is a bullet list of summary points at the end of most chapters so if you wanted to skip ahead you could review the bullets and move on. I had heard ToE before, but never in such terms—what an audacious goal!


Her background research for the book, on the theories and experiments of extra dimensions and warped geometries, was published in the peer-reviewed Science magazine in For the most part the stories are “standalones” although they use a recurring cast of charactersbut in some of the later chapters she deliberately refers back or explains what point or concept the story was designed to explain.

We have to wait a little longer after the LHC data is completely analyzed and understood. It’s like the crust on bread. This will always present problems, as an intuitive understanding is inherently flawed–if you really want to grasp the nature of these theories you need to do the maths I’d recommend Leonard Susskind ‘s The Theoretical Minimum: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And about those analogies, I cannot recall one of them tha I didn’t find this book as irritating as some others around here seem to have found it.

She was the 1st tenured woman in physics at Princeton; the 1st tenured woman theorist in science at Harvard and at MIT. Randall has written some of the best summaries and explanations of the core elements of particle physics for the past half-century. We are still long way to clearly understand the concept of space and time, but the author’s theory may be a step in the direction of advancement. Her research is amazing.

The book has made it to top 50 at amazon. Some of the analogies miss the mark and the attempted conference-style humor throughout, including the little fictional narrative passagfs at the start of each chapter, is a little awkward, but overall I came away having learned something about string theory, extra dimensions, the hierarchy problem and the ambiguous nature of dimensions themselves.