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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.
Excellent all the way around. I would buy from them again. Very satisfied overall.Published 6 hours ago by William Riddel
Terrific review on the cutting edge issues of physics from string to multiverse theory and everything in between. The great unanswered questions are beautiful. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ken
I was very happy to read the text but only understood only about 50% of what I read. I'll give another go someday in space-time.Published 12 days ago by Leonard L. Koss
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This is the best book I've ever read. It's deserves more than five stars. Read more
Yet another great work by Brian Greene. His ability to make complex concepts, on the forefront of modern science, accessible to non-physicists impresses again. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jeff M Oxford
Each time I read a Brian Greene book, or a Lisa. Randall book, I understand a little more about quantum mechanics and string theory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen T. Johnston