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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.
The book is well written and structured. However, my only complaint is that Brian Greene, it felt like to me, was trying excessively hard to make concepts understandable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mauricio Vazquez
Well done. Explains the Cosmos in bite size portions. Very informative.Published 11 days ago by Daniel G Sauber
BG shoots again, and...scores! Those reviewers who say TFoTC is simply a rehash of Greene's previous book have obviously not read them both. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Librum
Lacks narrative. Lost interest in overlong extrapolations of minutia.Published 25 days ago by Leeward
Still reading it. Covers a lot of subject matter that I'm personally interested in, but it's really, really long winded. Read morePublished 25 days ago by NickP
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. He had a logic error in his discussion of entanglement when he attempted to explain the wave function collapse could not be a random programmed... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Multiverse
For me, this was a rare, life-changing, book. Great introduction to string theory and overview of theories of physics that have preceded it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielle