Metaphysics, cosmology, mathematics, and quantum physics collide in Sinha’s (Absolute: Multidimensional Beingness, 2006) treatise.
This book, based on a lifetime of study and work, is intended to explain and construct a unified framework for understanding the universe—not only through empirical study and mathematical theory, but also by understanding the role of consciousness in the universe’s basic architecture. By discussing various concepts from disparate fields of study—including set theory, relativity, and the Upanishads, among many others—the author works to explain how human perception, mathematics, and the physical laws of reality combine to elucidate reality’s fundamental nature and also open a window into a greater appreciation of scientific truth and enlightenment. The book’s overarching goal is admirable, and Sinha pursues it with vigor. However, her overall passion for discussing her perspective on the universe doesn’t translate into an equal passion for clarity. As a result, the book as a whole is overwritten to a startling degree, with archaic expressions, overly fulsome descriptions, and multiple nested clauses: “There is absolutely no end to it—structural, anatomical, algorithmic, physiological, atmospheric, meteorological, economical, pictorial, musical, phrenic, you name it—the Golden Ratio crops up in all quarters.” The tone ranges from academic to colloquial and back again, and although the book succinctly explains many individual concepts, the connecting text between them is often convoluted to the point of illegibility. Given the esoteric nature of many of these concepts, such as Kurt Gödel’s and Georg Cantor’s work in set theory, clarity is an absolute must, but it’s rarely achieved here.
An enthusiastic but unclear exercise in passion over perspicacity.