In his first book of physics since Hyperspace, Michio Kaku begins by describing the extraordinary advances that have transformed cosmology over the last century, and particularly over the last decade, forcing scientists around the world to rethink our understanding of the birth of the universe and its ultimate fate. The very idea of parallel universes and the string theory that can explain their existence was once viewed with suspicion by scientists, seen as the province of mystics, charlatans, and cranks. But today, theoretical physicists overwhelmingly support string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, as it is the one theory that, if proven correct, would reconcile the four forces of the universe simply and elegantly, and answer the question 'What happened before the big bang?'
Published: February 2006
Number of Pages: 448