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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.
Commercial version of introductory science -- entertaining and easy.Published 6 days ago by CanadaWinter
I recommend this book to the insomniacs out there. He has a way of rambling on and on that could put anyone to sleep. He'll use six different examples to explain one concept. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Erin
Best book read sofar on spacetime, quantum mechanics and beginning of universe.Published 1 month ago by margrit kapler
Judging by the reviews i'm seeing it's clear i'm in the majority here but i really thought Brian Greene's Fabric of the Cosmos was a bit underwhelming to say the least. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yogi DMT
My paperback copy of this book fell to pieces from frequent rereading, so I got the Kindle version -- imperishable, I hope -- to read through again over the last few weeks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written book, with a logical progression from subject to subject. It discusses complex physics and scientific reasoning in laymans terms even when the subject matter is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellis
Engaging, very well written exploration of some of the most mind-bending and difficult science out there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan S.