Sunday, May 18, 2008

New book reviews at Amazon

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I've said before that one of the trickiest things about promoting Imagining the Tenth Dimension is that its ideas cover such a broad range - if you read the compilation I've made of reviews of the book, you will see many different opinions about what is good and bad about my way of visualizing how our reality is constructed from the background information of the omniverse. Over at Amazon you will see that the majority of the reviews are positive, but that there are definitely some fanatically negative reviews by people who bought a book called "Imagining" the Tenth Dimension, "A New of Thinking" About Time and Space, and which includes in its description that it is "not about mainstream physics", and you will see that these reviewers nonetheless angrily complained that the book doesn't portray the currently established thinking of mainstream physics. You will also see that, negativity being what it is, that more people curious about the book found those negative reviews to be helpful.

For students wanting to learn about the more mainstream approaches there are lists of books which I've promoted from the beginning of this project: one of those lists is found in the Preamble section of the Tenth Dimension website.

It also seems clear that my project's willingness to embrace some of the more metaphysical/spiritual tangents that are possible from this way of visualizing reality can raise the hackles of those who have been taught that their science should be completely atheistic. Here are three new reviews of my book, published at a a few weeks ago which I think add nicely to this discussion:

5.0 out of 5 stars Mapping a framework for the big picture, May 6, 2008
By Richard Ruff (McMahons Creek, Australia)

Higher dimensions, many worlds, parallel universes, multidimensionality, non-locality - these and similar terms are variously invoked in relativity, quantum mechanics, mathematics, religion, science fiction, paranormal phenomena, telepathy, meditation and drug experiences. Higher dimensions range from being complex mathematical constructs to non-quantifiable experiential phenomena. But for the average person (and most likely, many professional scientists), there is a need to know the answer to the type of query once posed by Woody Allen: "There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?" That is, we want to know what are the characteristics of the higher dimensions, how do they differ, what are the implications of their existence, is there a logic to the definition of such dimensions? These types of questions have nagged at me for over thirty years. Everything I read only nibbled at the edges or indulged in esoterica.

Then I stumbled onto Rob Bryanton's Imagining the Tenth Dimension: A New Way of Thinking About Time and Space. In an easily readable style he has boldly taken us past the fourth dimension through to the tenth employing an understandable logic based on geometric considerations. There is no mind-boggling mathematics and there is a distinct absence of the crank/crackpot style; each step along the way is carefully developed in a sequential manner accompanied by readily understandable diagrams. Again, without being too technical, he correlates properties of the unfolding dimensions with predictions and outcomes of modern physics, especially quantum mechanics. Philosophical implications are explored along the way.
Imagining the Tenth Dimension: A New Way of Thinking About Time and Space has at long last provided a framework in which the bigger picture, for me at least, makes intuitive and scientific sense. Stick with the logic and you too should be rewarded with an "Ahah!" experience. I felt the dots were joined and the gaps filled in my own personal ponderings on higher dimensions and the sense of satisfaction was not just restricted to the scientific side of me. My background is in the physical sciences and having read the book twice, I am yet to find any weaknesses in the proposals.

For the more mathematically and physics-minded amongst you, the challenge is to subject Rob Bryanton's ideas to scrutiny - he has an excellent blog site for such feedback and discussion.

5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed !!!!, April 30, 2008
By David Levy (USA)

Imagining the Tenth Dimension is a wonderful book that helped me thinking "outside of the box" and taught me many complex concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. Bryanton's way of thinking is easy to follow and his explanations make a lot of sense to scientists, philosophers and to the average reader alike.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about some of the most complex concepts in modern science in a fun and revolutionary way. You will not be disappointed.

4.0 out of 5 stars Imagining the Different Possibilities in Life, April 28, 2008
By C. Leonard

This book is excellent for a reader looking to expand their horizon on something more than what is in front of them. It gives you an opportunity to think of all the possibilities you have in life. I read this book on a volunteering trip, realizing if I wasn't volunteering I could be doing many different things than what I was doing at that time. Another thing, reading this book requires an open mind. You can stand close to your beliefs, but this book offers an insight on some intriguing subjects. 4 out of 5 because, I personally know life is definite until our parting. So pick up Imagining the Tenth Dimension and discover a few new perspectives on the way dimensions are viewed.

I'm grateful to reviewers like C. Leonard, David Levy, and Richard Ruff who have taken time out of their busy lives to share their thoughts on this project. And I would invite anyone who is new to what I'm trying to do here to spend some time with the Tenth Dimension FAQ, where you will find lots of links to some of the most commonly asked questions. The Tenth Dimension Forum also is a good place for lively discussions about the nature of reality and our place within the universe, and the Tenth Dimension Chat window usually has streaming video and live chat for people wanting to participate in discussions and watch videos about the large cloud of ideas that surround this project.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

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