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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.
He is the best! Very readable and an excellent overview. I hope he keeps updating as new information becomes available.Published 13 days ago by JAMES SHERMAN
Dr. Greene is an outstanding writer who explains the complex theories and hypotheses of String/M Theory and research into the very fabric of space and time. Read morePublished 16 days ago by James Aker
A bit dated now but easy to follow and understand for us lay folks. I've listened to many, many times. Something is made clearer every time. Read morePublished 23 days ago by A.T.
Very good review of the latest discoveries and observations in the field of astrophysics. Greene is a very good conveyor of a very deep subject.Published 25 days ago by Gary Weimann
MIND BLOWN, JUST GLAD IM ALIVE.It starts off briefly with simpler ideas that you might have seen on science documentaries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by greg
Brian Greene has a unique way of making the complexity of modern science interesting and understandable to the lay.Published 1 month ago by William W. Hammond