By Sarah Carter
Do you know how once in a while you pick up a book and plunge into it without thinking you wanted to read about or learn about the subject? This was one of those books for me. I was really curious, but by midway through, I had a hard time putting the book down. I thought this book had a lot of promise right from the start. IN COMMON: A Unified Theory OF Every Thing by Stony Brook is an absolute treasure. I found it sitting on the new arrival shelf of my living room and grabbed it up right away, certain that I would be all over it. I wasn't mistaken. In fact, I have been equitably engrossed with it since I started reading it.
This book is a condensed rendition of an attempt to explain a subject matter that runs through everything that exists. It’s mainly about science and philosophy and how they are not different realms. It talks about how they are actually parts of the same Whole Truth. For many, many years, the heart and mind of man has been longing for higher and more generalized truths, to better explain more of all that exists around us. We now stand at a precipice, trying to bridge the narrow but stubborn gap between two major disciplines of science – Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. Many have strived for a single Unified Theory that explains how the two work in unison. This book’s goal is to give an explanation and expound on not only the similarity between two branches of science, but also the more general commonality among all disciplines and human endeavors, and what each particular piece has in common. ADD third paragraph -
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got this book. I wasn’t certain what the actual writing would be like. Well, it turns out it was great. Not only was the book very well-written, but I loved his perception and how he explains things. It made the book really obtainable. Brook’s writing easily stands its ground alongside some of my other favorite authors. For those readers that opt for a writing style that is more technical, he presents that as well. His style ranges the whole span of literary thought, moving from expressive to scientific and back again. Thus, his writing allows a diversity of interests to feel comfortable and enjoy his words. Overall, this book is well worth the time. I learned so much from this book. If all nonfiction reading was this entertaining, we'd all be a lot more knowledgeable about the world.