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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality Paperback – Illustrated, February 8, 2005
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“The best exposition and explanation of early 21st-century research into the fundamental nature of the universe as you are likely to find anywhere.” —Science
“Perhaps the single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today. . . . Greene has a gift for finding the right metaphor.” —The Washington Post
“I recommend Greene’s book to any nonexpert reader who wants an up-to-date account of theoretical physics, written in colloquial language that anyone can understand.” —Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books
“As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets. . . . Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene’s book stands out for its sweeping ambition . . . stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science.” —Newsday
"Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands." —Los Angeles Times
“Highly informed, lucid and witty. . . . There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time.” —Discover
“The author’s informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious.” —Kansas City Star
“Mind-bending. . . . [Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills.” —The Oregonian
“Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better.” —The Times (London)
“Greene’s gravitational pull rivals a black hole’s.” —Newsweek
“Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick. . . . Read [your friends] the passages of this book that boggle your mind. (You may find yourself reading them every single paragraph.).” —Boston Globe
“Inexhaustibly witty . . . a must-read for the huge constituency of lay readers enticed by the mysteries of cosmology.” —Sunday Times
“Relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe.” —Booklist, starred review
“Holds out the promise that we may one day explain how space and time have come to exist.” —Paul Davies, Nature
“Greene takes us to the limits of space and time.” —The Guardian
“Exciting stuff. . . . Introduces the reader to the mind-boggling landscape of cutting-edge theoretical physics, where mathematics rules supreme.” —The News & Observer
“One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking popular science books to have emerged in the last few years. The Elegant Universe was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Fabric of the Cosmos deserves to win it.” —Physics World
“In the space of 500 readable pages, Greene has brought us to the brink of twenty-first-century physics with the minimum of fuss.” —The Herald
“If anyone can popularize tough science, it’s Greene.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Greene is a marvelously talented exponent of physics. . . . A pleasure to read.” —Economist
“Magnificent . . . sends shivers down the spine.” —Financial Times
From the Back Cover
Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? From Newton's unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein's fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics' entangled arena where vastly distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375727205
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375727207
- Product Dimensions : 5.15 x 1.05 x 7.93 inches
- Publisher : Vintage (February 8, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written as a further investigation that was begun with his book The Elegant Universe, in The Fabric of The Cosmos, Dr. Greene leads the reader on a expedition into the darkest corners of the universe exploring the fundamental building blocks of time and space, reality and imagination, and the arrow of time and why it appears to us to have but one direction. A String Theorist, Dr. Greene's explanations weigh heavily in that direction, but he does make inroads into other theories such as Loop Quantum Gravity and their position in the entire scope of research going on today.
As new experiments are conducted at facilities such as The Large Hadron Collider at CERN or at Fermilab in this decade, it will be interesting to see if Dr. Greene's hypotheses come to fruition or if entirely new paths may open in the search for a Unified theory of the quantum realm and Gravity. In the meantime, if you have an interest in Theoretical Physics, but lack the formal training necessary to understand it on a mathematical level, I recommend Dr. Green's book.
Greene is the master of the analogy, so this exploration is pursued without a need to delve into the mathematics. For the most part this works, especially in the sections on relativity (special and general), quantum mechanics, and even entropy. It starts to fall apart when he gets to his own area of expertise, string theory. The simple fact is there is precious little one can say about string theory or M theory without mathematics. The same goes for inflation where the narrative gets rather strained when he tries to cover energy wells without math.
The book is a little dated. It's publication preceded the operation of the LHC and LIGO. So, recent observations about Higgs bosons and gravitational waves are notable by their absence.
In summary though, I can't imagine a better overview of cosmology and quantum mechanics. Greene has done a wonderful service to society by making these important fields of study accessible to the masses.
Greene's reliance on analogy was often frustrating. That kind of attempt to simplify was so incomplete that, rather than causing an "aha" of understanding, it caused me to think, "yes, but the analogy isn't the way things really are; what's the real story?"
As with many electronic book versions, one has to figure out just how modern the data and information are. I wanted something "cutting edge," but found that the book was written over a decade ago and, by checking the Web, found that some of the hypotheses have progressed. Before downloading science books, check the copyright date, not just the date of the electronic edition.
Many of the paragraphs are unmercifully long, filling whole pages (at least on my iPad).
All in all, though, a fine book, and the second of Greene's that I've read.
I've enjoyed his books very much and feel wiser, not stupider, after reading them -- not always the case when I finish a book meant to explain physics to the layman. Highly recommended. I only wish this was required reading for every liberal-arts student.
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Greene has a unique ability to lead you by hand through the most complex, mind-bending and bizarre mysteries of our universe – gently and carefully coaxing you through unexpected layers of reality just beneath the surface of our everyday experiences. From dark matter to space warps, quantum mechanics and string wiggles through 11 dimensions, Greene is thought-provoking, highly informed and above all, completely grounded and witty.
Make no mistake; this is an extraordinarily complex subject which even particle physicists are still attempting to understand. So this is not going to be an easy read. But I actually finished it – and now at last I have a fair understanding of the theoretical physics of how space and time came to exist. You might consider reading Greene’s “The Elegant Universe” first - he simply is marvellously talented; these two books offer no better introduction to general relativity and quantum mechanics.