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Assuming an audience of non-specialists, Greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. For the most part, he succeeds. His language reflects a deep passion for science and a gift for translating concepts into poetic images. When explaining, for example, the inability to see the higher dimensions inherent in string theory, Greene writes: "We don't see them because of the way we see like an ant walking along a lily pad we could be floating within a grand, expansive, higher-dimensional space."
For Greene, Rhodes Scholar and professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, speculative science is not always as thorough and successful. His discussion of teleportation, for example, introduces and then quickly tables a valuable philosophical probing of identity. The paradoxes of time travel, however, are treated with greater depth, and his vision of life in a three-brane universe is compelling and--to use his description for quantum reality--"weird."
In the final pages Greene turns from science fiction back to the fringes of science fact, and he returns with rigor to frame discoveries likely to be made in the coming decades. "We are, most definitely, still wandering in the jungle," he concludes. Thanks to Greene, though, some of the underbrush has been cleared. --Patrick O'Kelley
MIND BLOWN, JUST GLAD IM ALIVE.It starts off briefly with simpler ideas that you might have seen on science documentaries. Read morePublished 13 days ago by greg
Brian Greene has a unique way of making the complexity of modern science interesting and understandable to the lay.Published 19 days ago by William W. Hammond
This is the third book I've read by Brian Greene. The Elegant Universe starts very much the same way with a discussion of relativity and the quantum mechanics. Dr. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Robert Sparrenberger
Smaller book than I anticipated. And a smaller font than I would like (as a 60 year old). But an excellent book! Great read.Published 29 days ago by Hayden Crawford
Get a copy of The Fabric of the Universe by Brian Greene. I think you will enjoy it's surprisingly deep discussions of the most advanced current thinking of VERY leading edge... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Who Said What?
Great writing, very compelling book. There are great notes if you are inquisitive and wand to deepen your understanding of the theories discussed. 10/10 would buy again.Published 1 month ago by TheDruidOfManza
This is a lucid and exciting description of recent physics. The notes provide a level of detail not found in most "pop" physics books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lawrence R. Barusch