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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.
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 7 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
In the authors words: "To excel in physics is to embrace doubt while walking the winding road to clarity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Morgenstein
Brian makes the difficult to understand so very understandable. I have been very disappointed with the new new Cosmos series on TV and have found this so much more understandable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boxter
I purchased Greene's books to expand what I watched on de Grasse Tyson's Cosmos. learning is fun for everyone all the time.Published 2 months ago by A. steely
brian greene is a brilliant researcher and good author. All these physicists have so much to say, and it all seems to converge, just in different ways. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zachary S. Pierce