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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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I previously read Greene's book "The Elegant Universe" and I think at enjoyed this one even more.
If you know that this book does make you work then there is a good possibility you will read it through to the end.
Brian Greene has a gift for explaining complex subjects in a clear and concise manner using good analogies.
Prepare to have your mind blown in a simplistic breakdown of complex theories and quantum physics. This book is truly brilliant and will expand your mind in fantastic ways.Published 3 days ago by Harrison Stamathis
I'm a no fill, frills kind of guy. I like to get right to the point without all the blah blah that seems to just add legnth to a book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dustin G. Haugh
I want to read all of his books and I'm not even good at sciencePublished 9 days ago by Keith E. Zeff
If you do not know how to sew, if you can't thread a needle, then I suggest you learn how to darn a patch on the knee of your favorite jeans before you read this.Published 22 days ago by B Kind
For the uninitiated in physics, this book is a bible. Can't thank Mr Greene or show my gratitude enough. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ashish shukla