The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

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? 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. 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.


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About Brian Greene

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Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University, where he is professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than thirty countries, and on all seven continents, and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a national best seller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, was also a best seller. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 592 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Even if you take away everything that space holds, that seemingly empty space still teems with activity at the quantum level, to the limits of our ability to measure.

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Science, which is confusing to many people — some to the point that they regard it as a form of superstition — has always needed its champions, its spokespersons, its interpreters, big brains who also function efficiently as celebrities and have a knack for taking impossible-sounding theories and...

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San Francisco Chronicle

The fact that I've watched the first two episodes of Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" on "Nova" and that my head doesn't hurt speaks volumes about how the well-known string theorist makes science fascinating even for those who took earth science only because rocks made more sense than period...

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London Review of Books

We are unaware of relativity in everyday life, since its consequences become apparent only when a sufficient proportion of motion through time is diverted into motion through space – as in the familiar example of an astronaut who has spent a short time moving close to the speed of light only to r...

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The New York Review of Books

Dyson says that Gödel’s theorem implies that “pure mathematics is inexhaustible” and that because of this, “physics is inexhaustible too” since the laws of physics are “a finite set of rules, and include the rules for doing mathematics.” Indeed, if the laws of physics are formulated in an axiomat...

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In my admittedly limited experience, the science teachers most likely to be convinced of their rapier wit are invariably physicists.

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For those of you who aren't physicists, string theory is a unifying theory that attempts to tie together all the other, increasingly irreconcilable scientific theories of how the universe works.

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