Author(s): Paul Halpern
Discusses Einstein's quarrel with Heisenberg and Bohr, whose theories of uncertainty threatened the order Einstein believed was essential to the universe. This book shows how debates about the nature of reality began as age old controversies, and addresses how the possibility of higher dimensions has influenced culture.
remarkably accessible . (Sky & Telescope, February 2005) Halpern dug out some historical details that other writers miss and this helps make the string picture more complete (Focus, December 2004)
PAUL HALPERN, Ph.D., is professor of physics and mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship award for the research that ultimately resulted in The Great Beyond. Halpern's previous books include Time Journeys, Cosmic Wormholes, and The Cyclical Serpent.
Acknowledgments.Introduction: The Kaluza-Klein Miracle.1. The Power of Geometry.2. Visions of Hyperspace.3. The Physicist's Stone: Uniting Electricity, Magnetism, and Light.4. Getting Gravity in Shape.5. Striking the Fifth Chord: Kaluza's Remarkable Discovery.6. Klein's Quantum Odyssey.7. Einstein's Dilemma.8. Truth under Exile: Theorizing at Princeton.9. Brave New World: Seeking Unity in an Age of Conflict.10. Gauging the Weak and the Strong.11. Hyperspace Packages Tied Up in Strings.12. Brane Worlds and Parallel Universes.Conclusion: Extra-dimensional Perception.Notes.Further Reading.Index.