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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
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 2 days ago by Lawrence R. Barusch
It asked the questions I often thought about and then answered them! Very interesting and entertainingPublished 17 days ago by Bill
The subject matter is amazing and, considering its complexity, it is presented in an understandable "Cosmology for Dummies" mannerPublished 22 days ago by mike finney
You won`t read this book in one sitting... but then it`s not intended that you should. In fact, I put three paper bookmarks in different chapters to return to. Read morePublished 24 days ago by A long standing Jung / Hesse fan
Brian Randolph Greene (born 1963) is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist who is professor at Columbia University and chairman of the World Science Festival since... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steven H Propp
Just excellent. Clear. I really like Brian Greene as a science writer!Published 1 month ago by steve flinchbaugh
This book was published in 2005, so it's just 10 years old as I read it. The author describes the history of knowledge about the universe and physics from Newton up to the recent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Arneson
Commercial version of introductory science -- entertaining and easy.Published 1 month ago by CanadaWinter