4 stars out of 5
This book, as the name might imply, discusses different dimensions such as the 10th and the 26th dimension. Michio Kaku refers to another book called “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” in order to coherently explain why higher dimensions can simplify the laws of physics rather than complicating them.
Pro: This book is great for people who want to learn more about higher dimensions and how it might affect future civilizations as we go from what we currently are a Type 0 civilization to what we potentially could be which would be a Type III civilization.
Con: Unfortunately, a lot of what he talks about cannot be proven in the lab. We simply do not have the technology or know how to show experimental evidence for higher dimensions. The author knows this but is still rather fascinated by the idea that there might be.
5 out of 5 stars
Pro: This book will definitely help prepare you for the SAT Biology exam. Before reading it, though, choose if you want to study molecular biology or ecology first. This will save you an immense amount of time. The book covered practically everything that was on the exam. I would recommend this book to someone studying for either of the two versions of the exam.
Con: It would have been better if there were more scenario-based facts and questions. Most of the exam was scenario-based. When I took the exam, I did not feel prepared for those type of questions.
4 stars out of 5
Pro: This is a good read for someone who wants to read an extremely brief summary on Adolf Hitler’s life. The story flowed well, and I learned a few things about Hitler’s family.
Con: There are some grammatical errors within the book that somewhat take away from the story. I wish there was more information about Hitler’s life within the book.
5 stars out of 5
Pro: Readers can learn about different types of elementary particles such as the different types of quarks and leptons. In this book, I learned that there were up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom quarks that were not all part of the same family. Page 110 shows a chart with up and down quarks in the electron family, the strange and charm quarks in the muon family, and the top and bottom quarks in the tau family. Michio’s book talks about supersymmetry, string theory, and the grand unified theory or GUT.
Con: Some readers familiar with particle physics may find that this book is unsatisfying. Others may note that this book is one of Michio’s earlier efforts in writing. Meaning his writing skills may not be as great as they are today. Personally, I really enjoyed the book, especially since I learned from it.
In 2016, I read 19 books and reviewed 18 of those which means that I accomplished my goals for that particular year. For 2017’s reading challenge, I plan on upping the ante by reading a few more books than in 2016, at least more than 19 books. I plan on using Goodreads to keep track of my reading habits. I also counted up how many pages I would have to read for this year.
What are your reading goals for this year? Do you think you can read more than you did last year?