The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

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The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?

There was a time when "universe" meant all there is. Everything. Yet, a number of theories are converging on the possibility that our universe may be but one among many parallel universes populating a vast multiverse. Here, Briane Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a breathtaking journey to a multiverse comprising an endless series of big bangs, a multiverse with duplicates of every one of us, a multiverse populated by vast sheets of spacetime, a multiverse in which all we consider real are holographic illusions, and even a multiverse made purely of math--and reveals the reality hidden within each.

Using his trademark wit and precision, Greene presents a thrilling survey of cutting-edge physics and confronts the inevitable question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? The Hidden Reality is a remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined.
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Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University, where he is professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than thirty countries, and on all seven continents, and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a national best seller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, was also a best seller. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.
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Vintage
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Published on
Jan 25, 2011
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Pages
384
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9780307595256
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English
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Science / Physics / Quantum Theory
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A new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a three-part Nova special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter. Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.

Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

從搭配詞練出道地英文+幽默圖像輕鬆記憶

=出國也能隨口撂英文!

背了單字還是常詞窮?

是不知如何將單字搭配得有意義!

 

double + bed =「雙人床」

twin + bed =「雙人分床」

fly + one way =「飛單程」

fly + round trip =「飛來回」

 

更多旅遊必備搭配詞怎麼搭

本書通通告訴你!

趕快從搭配詞著手學英文,

英文就會愈說愈溜!

 

★繞著地球自「遊」行,你需要的英文通通在這裏!

各類旅遊情境全收錄:

Part 1 安排旅遊事宜

Part 2 機場

Part 3 交通

Part 4 飯店

Part 5 購物

Part 6 用餐

Part 7 觀光與娛樂

Part 8 突發狀況:就醫與求助

 

為什麼要學搭配詞?

搭配詞(Collocation)是什麼?為什麼要學搭配詞呢?在回答這兩個問題之前,先暖暖身做個小測驗。相信藉由這個測驗,你會對以上的問題有個概括的答案。

 

Q:fly 為「飛」之意,以下為其相關用法,請寫出其正確的英文。

  飛單程:_____

  飛來回:_____

  直飛:_____

  飛經台北:_____

  

如果你能全部答對,恭喜,你的英文底子打得不錯,學習英文的方法也正確;如果你作答時有所遲疑,也無法全部答對,那麼,你就得檢視一下你學英文的方法。測驗答案如下:

 

Ans: 飛單程:fly one way

          飛來回:fly round trip

         直飛:fly nonstop

        飛經台北:fly via Taipei

    

fly one way、fly round trip、fly nonstop 和 fly via Taipei 等都是 fly 這個

字的相關「搭配詞」。至此,你是不是對「搭配詞」比較有概念了呢?其實「搭

配詞」就是單字的有意義組合。英文學習者應該都有這樣的經驗,僅管背了一堆

單字,但在實際運用時話還是常卡在嘴邊說不出口(相信你在做測驗時也察覺到

了)。這是因為學英文時太著眼於單字而忽略了其相關的搭配詞,換言之,搭配

詞才是你是否能靈活運用單字的關鍵。

 

除了上述優點,搭配詞還有易學易用的好處。從測驗的範例中可以看到,和 fly 搭配的 one way、round trip、nonstop 和 via Taipei 等字彙的難度都不高,應該都是已存於你大腦記憶庫中的常用單字。也就是說,要學會這些搭配詞並不是難事,熟便能生巧!運用簡單的字彙倍增表達能力,正是搭配詞的妙用所在。只要你願意學習本書,一定會發現搭配詞用字不難、好學好記的這項特點。

 

在學會搭配詞之後,接下來只需搭配簡單到不行的句型,即可造出道地的英文句子,輕鬆滿足你口語表達的需求。這樣的學習方式和「單字進階至造句」的傳統模式相比,犯錯機率大幅降低。以 fly 的搭配詞造句如下:

 

Ex:Let’s fly one way and then take the train back.

                 我們飛單程,然後搭火車回來。

                 We’ll save some time if we fly round trip.

                 如果我們飛來回,可以省點時間。

                 Is it possible to fly nonstop to London?

                 有可能直飛倫敦嗎?

  I’d prefer to fly via Taipei.

                 我比較喜歡飛經台北。

 

是不是很簡單呢?現在,你應該覺得「搭配詞」這個概念真的很不錯。是否躍躍欲試呢?那就從本書開始,趕快來體驗這個簡單而效果令人驚豔的學習旅程吧!

從搭配詞練出道地英文+幽默圖像輕鬆記憶

=英文從此變成職場優勢!

 

背了單字還是常詞窮?

是不知如何將單字搭配得有意義!

 

transfer + a call = 轉接電話、return + a call = 回電話

那「緊急電話」又該怎麼搭配呢?

趕快從搭配詞著手學英文,

英文會愈說愈溜!

 

★本書以上班族的一天為架構,你需要的英文通通在這裏!

Part 1 上班

Part 2 寫 Email 聯絡事宜

Part 3 打電話聯絡事宜

Part 4 與客戶用餐

Part 5 影印間準備資料

Part 6 開會

Part 7 簡報

Part 8 下班


為什麼要學搭配詞?

搭配詞(Collocation)是什麼?為什麼要學搭配詞呢?在回答這兩個問題之前,先暖暖身做個小測驗。相信藉由這個測驗,你會對以上的問題有個概括的答案。

 

Q:Deadline 為「期限」之意,以下為其相關用法,請寫出其正確的英文。

  設定期限:_____

  趕上期限:_____

  延長期限:_____

  錯過期限:_____

  將期限提前:_____

 

如果你能全部答對,恭喜,你的英文底子打得不錯,學習英文的方法也正確;如果你作答時有所遲疑,也無法全部答對,那麼,你就得檢視一下你學英文的方法。測驗答案如下:

 

Ans:設定期限:set a deadline

   趕上期限:meet a deadline

   延長期限:extend a deadline

   錯過期限:miss a deadline

   將期限提前:move up a deadline

   

Set a deadline、meet a deadline、extend a deadline、miss a deadline 和 move up

a deadline 等都是 deadline 這個字的相關「搭配詞」。至此,你是不是對「搭配詞」比較有概念了呢?其實「搭配詞」就是單字的有意義組合。英文學習者應該都有這樣的經驗,僅管背了一堆單字,但在實際運用時話還是常卡在嘴邊說不出口(相信你在做測驗時也察覺到了)。這是因為學英文時太著眼於單字而忽略了其相關的搭配詞,換言之,搭配詞才是你是否能靈活運用單字的關鍵。

 

除了上述優點,搭配詞還有易學易用的好處。從測驗的範例中可以看到,和 deadline 搭配的 set、meet、extend、miss 和 move up 等字彙的難度都不高,應該都是已存於你大腦記憶庫中的常用單字。也就是說,要學會這些搭配詞並不是難事,熟便能生巧!運用簡單的字彙倍增表達能力,正是搭配詞的妙用所在。只要你願意學習本書,一定會發現搭配詞用字不難、好學好記的這項特點。

 

在學會搭配詞之後,接下來只需搭配簡單到不行的句型,即可造出道地的英文句子,輕鬆滿足你口語表達的需求。這樣的學習方式和「單字進階至造句」的傳統模式相比,犯錯機率大幅降低。以 deadline 的搭配詞造句如下:

 

Ex:My boss set a deadline for the project.

         我的主管為專案設定了一個期限。

         We need to meet the deadline.

   我們必須趕上這個期限。

         We hope the boss can extend the deadline.

   我們希望主管可以延長期限。

     My boss moved up the deadline.

    我的主管把期限提前了。

         We’re afraid we might miss the deadline.

   我們恐怕會錯過這個期限。

 

是不是很簡單呢?現在,你應該覺得「搭配詞」這個概念真的很不錯。是否躍躍欲試呢?那就從本書開始,趕快來體驗這個簡單而效果令人驚豔的學習旅程吧! 

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