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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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Brian Greene. Every chapter made me think deeply about what he was writing about. Read morePublished 3 days ago by James M. Skinner
There are some very glowing reviews for this work, but I would add a caveat: this work is dense, despite its playful examples. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ryan Mease
It was readable and hugely informative. Anyone wanting a great read should check this one out. Good job Brian Greene.Published 20 days ago by Andrew Cooper-Sansone
Outstanding, written with no philisophical bias (unlike "A Universe from Nothing!), this covers a massive set of concepts, in a readable, compelling bookPublished 28 days ago by Martin Murrell
amazing insights into workings of our universe. Tries and succeeds in explaining mind twisting ideas eloquently. Excellent read, must read.Published 1 month ago by gautam kaushal
Very well written and informative. It expands on the PBS documentary of the same name that you can watch either from Netflix or Amazon Prime video. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JustMeyeOpinion