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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.
Brian Greene has a gift for explaining complex subjects in a clear and concise manner using good analogies.
This thought-provoking book has a wider perspective than Greene's Elegant Universe, in which he expounded on String Theory.
If you know that this book does make you work then there is a good possibility you will read it through to the end.
Engaging, very well written exploration of some of the most mind-bending and difficult science out there. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ryan S.
The effort to explain theories and hypotheses that are largely defined and limited only mathematically, without the explanatory mathematics (which, of course, I wouldn't understand... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bill Reid &amp; The Fewer Sorrows Band
A plethora of fascinating topics replete with understandable and humanizing comparisons. The formatting was an issue with regards to graphical representations and the accompanying... Read morePublished 18 days ago by ryan
He lost me in a few places... but I wouldn't expect otherwise.