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

Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos with its questions about the limits of space and ... more

time and the texture of reality certainly looks a
bit daunting to the uninitiated. Cosmic ripples,
11 dimensions to the universe and string theory
that is somehow connected to a "Theory of
Everything" are all a bit alien if you never
really got to grips with Newton, let alone
Einstein. It might look very heavyweight, but
Greene is an excellent communicator and what he's
writing about is perhaps the greatest intellectual
challenge we face. There is no doubt that
speculation about the nature of the heavens is
very ancient. After centuries of thought "we still
can only portray space and time as the most
familiar of strangers". But enormous advances in
understanding have been made especially over the
last few decades. Whether we are high-flying city
slickers or impoverished cattle-herders in the
third world, speculation about space-time "takes
on an almost mystical quality: we're considering
the fate of the very things that dominate our
sense of reality" according to Greene. Over the
last century we have become much better acquainted
with previously hidden features of the Universe,
especially thanks to Einstein. Greene summarises
these as "the slowing of time, the relativity of
simultaneity, alternative slicings of spacetime,
gravity as the warpings and curving of space and
time, the probabilistic nature of reality, and
long range entanglement were not on the list of
things that even the best of the world's
nineteenth-century physicists would have expected
to find just around the corner."  And yet they are
attested to by both experimental results and
theoretical explanations. Greene, professor of
physics and mathematics at Columbia University, is
one of the foremost players in contemporary string
theory and authored a bestselling book The Elegant
Universe for which he won the Aventis Prize in
2000. In The Fabric of the Cosmos Green avoids
mathematical formulae, which can be an immediate
turnoff for most general readers. Clearly he knows
that visually we can deal with abstract and/or
difficult concepts much better than when they are
presented in words. Consequently, he uses a very
clever selection of excellent and well designed
illustrations to help get his ideas across. There
is an excellent index, plenty of notes and
suggestions for further reading, which will allow
those more in the know to take matters further.
And, there is a glossary for us ordinary mortals
who need every now and again to check up on our
understanding of things such as quarks, Higgs
particles, braneworld scenario and M-theory.
--Douglas Palmer

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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (Vintage) - B. Greene

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (Vintage) - B. Greene

Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos with its questions about the limits of space and ... more

time and the texture of reality certainly looks a
bit daunting to the uninitiated. Cosmic ripples,
11 dimensions to the universe and string theory
that is somehow connected to a "Theory of
Everything" are all a bit alien if you never
really got to grips with Newton, let alone
Einstein. It might look very heavyweight, but
Greene is an excellent communicator and what he's
writing about is perhaps the greatest intellectual
challenge we face. There is no doubt that
speculation about the nature of the heavens is
very ancient. After centuries of thought "we still
can only portray space and time as the most
familiar of strangers". But enormous advances in
understanding have been made especially over the
last few decades. Whether we are high-flying city
slickers or impoverished cattle-herders in the
third world, speculation about space-time "takes
on an almost mystical quality: we're considering
the fate of the very things that dominate our
sense of reality" according to Greene. Over the
last century we have become much better acquainted
with previously hidden features of the Universe,
especially thanks to Einstein. Greene summarises
these as "the slowing of time, the relativity of
simultaneity, alternative slicings of spacetime,
gravity as the warpings and curving of space and
time, the probabilistic nature of reality, and
long range entanglement were not on the list of
things that even the best of the world's
nineteenth-century physicists would have expected
to find just around the corner."  And yet they are
attested to by both experimental results and
theoretical explanations. Greene, professor of
physics and mathematics at Columbia University, is
one of the foremost players in contemporary string
theory and authored a bestselling book The Elegant
Universe for which he won the Aventis Prize in
2000. In The Fabric of the Cosmos Green avoids
mathematical formulae, which can be an immediate
turnoff for most general readers. Clearly he knows
that visually we can deal with abstract and/or
difficult concepts much better than when they are
presented in words. Consequently, he uses a very
clever selection of excellent and well designed
illustrations to help get his ideas across. There
is an excellent index, plenty of notes and
suggestions for further reading, which will allow
those more in the know to take matters further.
And, there is a glossary for us ordinary mortals
who need every now and again to check up on our
understanding of things such as quarks, Higgs
particles, braneworld scenario and M-theory.
--Douglas Palmer

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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality (Penguin Press Science) - Brian Greene

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biggest of the big questions. What is reality?
Could we exist without space and time? Can we
travel to the past? What are the limits of the
universe? Brian Greene has made the mysteries of
space and time accessible to millions with his
acclaimed writings and award-winning TV series.
Now he reveals a world more beautiful and bizarre
than we could have imagined, where 'dark matter'
reigns, space warps and wiggles through eleven
dimensions, minute particles dance, fizz and
teleport across vast distances, everything is made
of vibrating strings and, like an ant on a
lily-pad, we may be floating on a sliver of
spacetime. Revealing new layers of reality that
lie just beneath the surface of our everyday
lives, this grand tour of the universe will make
you look at the world in a completely new way. "A
must-read". ("Sunday Times"). "Greene takes us to
the limits of space and time". ("Guardian").
"Sends the reader's imagination hurtling through
the universe on an astonishing ride". ("The New
York Times"). Brian Greene is well known to many
fans as a populariser of theoretical physics. He
is the author of the bestselling books about
string theory, "The Elegant Universe", which was a
finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction,
"The Fabric of the Cosmos", and "The Hidden
Reality". Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he has
taught at both Harvard and Cornell and has been
Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia
University since 1996.

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Title The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality
Author Brian Greene
EAN 9780141011110; 9780375727207; 9780141035291
ISBN 0141011114; 0375727205; 0141035293
Publisher Penguin
Type Non-Fiction
Genre Science & Technology
Subgenre Astronomy

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