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This is the story of a quest: to find a Theory of Everything. Einstein dedicated his life to seeking this elusive Holy Grail, a single, revolutionary 'god equation' which would tie all the forces in the universe together, yet never found it. Some of the greatest minds in physics took up the search, from Stephen Hawking to Brian Greene. None have yet succeeded.

In The God Equation, renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku takes the listener on a mind-bending ride through the twists and turns of this epic journey: a mystery that has fascinated him for most of his life. He guides us through the key debates in modern physics, from Newton's law of gravity via relativity and quantum mechanics to the latest developments in string theory. It is a tale of dazzling breakthroughs and crushing dead ends, illuminated by Kaku's clarity, storytelling flair and infectious enthusiasm.

The object of the quest is now within sight: we are closer than ever to achieving the most ambitious undertaking in the history of science. If successful, the Theory of Everything could simultaneously unlock the deepest mysteries of space and time, and fulfil that most ancient and basic of human desires - to understand the meaning of our lives.

©2021 Michio Kaku (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A book with a message - and the message is, “Avoid!”

I’ve been an Audible subscriber since the service launched, way back in the pre-Amazon days. I’ve listened to some excellent books performed (and enhanced) by some marvellous readers. The subject area of this book is one that fascinates me and I have found some brilliant examples on Audible. This, sadly, is not one of them. I felt the title was hyped up, oversold, relying more on the author’s media profile rather than the worth of what he’s written here. There seems nothing new or groundbreaking in the content which follows the style of the author’s many and frequent TV appearances. It’s a sketchy and quite superficial sort of historical survey, selectively describing where we’ve reached in terms of discovery and research but without entering new areas that would justify the publication of this text. It felt like the book had reached the end of a very long introduction, setting the scene for something challenging and engaging, when it was suddenly over – as if the author had remembered the title of his own book just as he reached the last couple of pages. And even then, he had nothing new or interesting yo say about it. I should say that I found the total absence of recognition for the work of Islamic scholars in the field, between Europe’s so-called Dark Ages and the Renaissance, baffling. That felt like something out of a book that could have been written any time in the past but it’s omission in something from 2021 seemed very odd indeed. The author inflates the importance of his own contribution to an irritating degree. Speaking of irritating, the style in which the book is read is exasperatingly arch and contrived, with the reader interjecting pauses and emphases with no good reason into almost every sentence, interrupt any natural flow and detracting from sense and meaning throughout. His pronunciation of the indefinite article as if it were capital A each and every time, along with his use of “thee” for the definite article more often than not also disrupt his flow to an almost unbearable extent. His flat tone, with no representation of the dynamics required in a text built on argument and speculation make this sound like something read by a machine. In all the years I’ve been an Audible subscriber I have never submitted a review; but I couldn’t let this one go by without remarking upon it. This is pretty poor fare. If you’d like to hear something on this subject that should really engage you, try “The Mathematical Universe” by Max Tegmark.

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The quest for an equation to explain the universe

Books about quantum physics are like electrons, you never know quite when they are going to appear. In the past month, two of the leading popular science authors Carlo Rovelli and Michio Kaku have each published books about the bizarre and complicated world of quantum mechanics for consumption by a lay audience. The other exponent of this art Neil DeGrasse Tyson, however, has not written a book this month.
The God Equation by Michio Kaku is the shorter of the recent publications and much of this is taken up with the history of physics including the certainty of the world that Newton described in the 1600s, the Maxwell equations from the 1800s that define electromagnetism through to Eistein's general and special theories of relativity in the early 20th century. This is all text book stuff so far and Mr Kaku skillfully describes the work of these pioneers of physics in accessible form.
In the second half of the book, things start to get more interesting as we enter the strange world of quantum mechanics. We learns that the universe is not quite as simple as we had thought following the discovery of a "zoo of subatomic particles" that made the world seems more like biology than physics. And then things get stranger still with the introduction of concepts such as black holes, white holes, worm holes and time travel. Quantum theory is traditionally concerned with how light is produced by photons but what about gravity? The answer, according to the author who has been trying to answer this question since 1968, is something called "string theory" that requires ten, or perhaps eleven, dimensions to fully appreciate.
Just when I thought that my mind had been well and truly blown by this book, the author then suggests that there is an alternative theory to the Big Bang to explain the beginning of the universe; something he refers to as the Multiverse Theory. He concludes by stating that only when we have an equation to explain the universe will be understand the mind of God.

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Same old Story

Same as his other books, and everyone else's on this topic just in a different order. Boring now, why not come up with something new, their own ideas and thoughts and not the same old physics history lesson over and over again.

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really interesting

really interesting if you you learning about the origins of the famous shysic equations and definitely listen to it again .

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A crash course on the every outcome of reality

Perfectly teasing comfort food for the brain and plenty of history of the greatest minds

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  • 13-03-22

Love it...perfect!

I "read" it twice. To perfection by Prof. Kaku! Believe me this is not an easy subject.

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  • 06-09-21

Good book

Good book, but nothing new regarding string theory I didn't know already. It seems that anything more

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  • 23-07-21

very engaging and filled with excitement

The book is excellent and lots of complex concepts that had been explained in a way not only that it doesn't hurt your ears but also makes it more interesting. a brief history of our time with physics as we know it so far. All of these definitely was possible to enjoy in this audio book because of superb narration, so well done everyone and thank you Dr. Kaku for summing it all up so elegantly

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  • Burak Asral
  • 21-07-21

A Must Read

I think this book is must read like all Kaku books. Also the narration just couldn't be better. I felt like it was Kaku himself reading the book. I enjoyed it immensely.
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  • PV REDDY
  • 13-04-21

I love it..is very small thing to say!!

Wonders of our greatest scientists, the dedication of their brain work, and inventions were tremendously good and pretty easily understandable.