4 out of 4 stars
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Timewiseby Robert Leet takes the reader on an exploration of fringe science, quantum physics and the interconnected relationship of time to human consciousness. In doing so, the author has cleverly combined a sophisticated presentation of his own understanding and theories on the subject with an enjoyable fictional backdrop. Leet instructs the reader in his scientific theories through the fictional mentoring of the main character Ron Larson by the enigmatic physicist Regina Russo. Ron's relationship with Regina allows the author to introduce the concept in an accessible manner and develop the idea using the story as a vehicle to aid understanding.
Ron Larson is an orphan, brought up in numerous foster homes and abandoned by the system by the age of 18. His story would end there if it wasn't for the unrelenting support of Regina Russo. Drawn to Ron at an early age, Regina recognises a flexible, logical thinker with a brilliant mind and a great capacity for learning. Regina encourages the young chess player to go to college and then university and to use his obvious talent to his advantage.
However, Regina is not a humanitarian and has ulterior motives for her mentoring of Ron. She sees a protégé in her young friend and embarks on her own series of lectures than aim to mould his thinking ensuring that she can present her own controversial theories on time and the formation and inner workings of the universe to a receptive audience. The relationship between the two characters is central to the plot. They are destined to be together and need each other equally. She for an ally, he for the offer of intellectual development and curiosity she provides
Without the fictional plot line, the book could be mistaken for a university textbook with the intention to educate rather than to entertain. However, I found the balance between storyline and science to be sufficient to allow for understanding without being patronising to the reader. The book is very well written and has obviously been professionally edited as there were few errors. However, the inclusion of abstract scientific principles and theories that delve into quantum physics, dimensional space and the construction of the universe, does not make this a casual read. Therefore, I would recommend this book to those with a sound scientific understanding with an interest in quantum physics. The heart of the book is in the author's desire to engage the reader in the subject, so, like Regina he would also benefit from a receptive audience.
Although I do not consider myself to be a scientist, I do have some knowledge of the subject so could follow the thread of the scientific concepts sufficiently to understand the desires of the characters and the subsequent results of their endeavours. Therefore, I am happy to award the book 4 stars out of 4
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