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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Warped Passages by Lisa Randall. The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable. Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor’ The universe has many secrets.

Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor’s edge of modern scientific theory. One of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall provides astonishing scientific possibilities that, until recently, were restricted to the realm of science fiction.

Unraveling the twisted threads of the most current debates on relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity, she explores some of the most fundamental questions posed by Nature—taking us into the warped, hidden dimensions underpinning the universe we live in, demystifying the science of the myriad worlds that may exist just beyond our own. Paperbackpages.

Published September 19th by Ecco first published Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Warped Passagesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. We need a Portuguese translate better and I have a Questions. The some day I had did so tough-Job.

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And univers looks like alive and mother earth conected each of us. I reviewed this once before and a tecnical snafu ate it when I tried to up load it This book is dreadful: The material is disorganised. The book is ostensibly about extra spatial dimensions. The concepts are introduced in the first few chapters then don’t re-appear until the last few chapters. The Standard Model is introduced twice. The explanations are poor and sometimes wrong.

The section on the Pauli Principle is riddled with errors and omissions that should emb I reviewed this once before and a tecnical snafu ate it when I tried to up load it The section on the Pauli Principle is riddled with errors and omissions that should embarress a good A-level chemistry student. The section on CP symmetry and CPT symmetry is so bad that I did not recognise these concepts for what they were until several chapters later.


These concepts passagws not actually difficult to explain, even if it is hard to see why they should be true: In CP symmetry, all matter is swapped for it’s antimatter equivalent and the directions left and right are reversed. When this is done, no difference can be detected between before and after the swap. This symmetry is known to work for all physical processes except those involving the weak nuclear force.

In CPT symmetry, as well as swapping matter for antimatter and left for right, the direction of time is reversed. This lisaa was believed to hold for all circumstances – it could have happened five times since you started reading this review and you would never be able to tell the difference!

However, very recent results have suggested that neutrinos and antinuetrinos may have different masses which would mean that CPT symmetry does not apply to them. This isn’t a well established result yet, though. So, really, how hard was that to explain?

Randall also offers the worst introduction to the fundamental mysteries of quantum mechanics I’ve ever read and I’ve read quite a number. Additionally to giving bad explanations, Randall also gives us a very bad story at the beginning of each chapter. These stories have no literary merit and do not make understanding the forthcoming material any easier.

They are like the dialogues from Godel, Escher, Bach by Hofstadter with all wit, literary merit and purpose removed, except they aren’t dialogues, either. Each chapter begins with a quote from a pop song. These are not profound or witty. Many, many years ago I developed the principle, “Do not get your life wisdom from pop songs.

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

Using the same unclear explanation over and over again does not make a topic easier to understand. Since it was very difficult to understand Randall’s explanations of concepts I am already familiar with repeating them isn’t helpful.

The new “physics” Randall wants to lis comes in the final two chapters of a long book which is full of digressions that are irrelevant to the main thrust. Weirdly the author includes every theoretical development of the last 20 years except the only one that has a firm experimental basis pawsages. Weirdly, this would have been useful, unlike the ones she does include, because the issue of “flavour mixing” comes up at one point.

Again it took me some time to realise that this “flavour mixing” was something I knew about – neutrino oscillation! Is there anything good about this book? Well, there’s an explanation of why one theory of relativity is Special and the other is General that you won’t find in many other places. Is that compensation for nearly p of tedious, repetitive and extremely speculative barely comprehensible explanations?

Stick to the maths, Lisa; you’re good at maths. View all 14 comments.

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

Oct 16, Lewis Weinstein rated it did not like it Shelves: I was excited to buy this book, and looked forward to learning something useful about new science. But I thought it was horrible.

The explanations are unreadable. The preface was even less comprehensible.


I think I am capable of reading a lay book about science. I got nothing from this one. Oct 23, Paul rated it liked it.

Randall starts each chapter with a parable fairy story to illustrate the ideas discussed in that chapter and finishes with a bulleted synopsis of what she wrote. Rrandall all 3 comments. Oct passaes, Mike rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A few weeks ago I came across an interesting blurb about Ms.

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. Because I wanted to be “fair” before reading the just-published book, I felt obligated to read the earlier one. Now that was a gigantic mistake! Not the reading, just the “obligated” part.

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: From there the book continues with the 20th century revolutions that re-wrote all of the rules: Along with these “basics”, the discovery of the essential building blocks of the universe are covered.

First the “basic” items: And of course we haven’t touched on the last years of models and theories, yet. But randwll book does. So, why am I so positive about this book? I think that Ms.

Randall has written some of the best summaries and explanations of the core elements of particle physics for the past half-century. Her coverage of the Standard Model, Symmetry, Supersymmetry, Strings, Branes randall dimensionality are probably the best that I have ever read for non-physicists. Not only are the presentations clear randwll meaningful, but she allows readers to pass over sections that contain important information which does not directly impact the main direction of the book which is using extra dimensions and branes.

I did read all of the sections. I also read all of the odd math notes, which is where she placed anything that might have derailed someone who only cared about the “gist” of the topic. Overall, I think ranfall author and editor s did a great job in organizing the material for a readership of many interest levels.

You can stop reading here and take away my recommendation that you lsia this excellent book on how the universe may work. Or, you can read the next section where I give a few more details while trying to solve a small conundrum.

But, read this book no matter which you decide. Although I have not read any other reviews, I did notice that “Warped Passages” has an overall ranking that is lower than I expected. Granted it is written for those that may be more curious than the average bear, but initially I randlal reconcile the excellent writing with this overall “judgement”.