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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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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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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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  • 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.