This is a fascinating explanation of the work of Top End Mathematicians and Physicists in understanding our universes and was a huge eye-opener for me. Although it made me feel quite inadequate in being able understand the fantastic concepts, Brian does a Yoeman's job in trying to bring it down to the layperson's understanding. The problem for me was that it just is not that easy to grasp for someone who thought he had had a scientifically oriented mind. Still, the high level concepts are well outlined and inter-related and it is no detraction on the author that these ideas are difficult to convey. My only suggestion would be for someone other that Brian to have narrated the book. You can tell he is passionate about the subject and it may have been easier to listen to, if a professional narrator delivered it.. Overall I feel thankful that someone tried to open my mind to these unbelievable realities.
Excellent audiobook. A modern chronological overview of Einstein's universe and the standard model of physics. Also, a strong emphasis upon verifiable data regarding string theory, quantum fields and multiple universe theory.
If you don't mind listening to certain sections again and again to make sure you fully understand the concepts and enjoy thinking, thinking, thinking, then this book is for you. Brian Greene really succeeds in taking complex concepts and delivering them in a way a regular Joe can understand - if you're paying attention that is - and I think you'll want to. It's a fun book and you'll be searching for someone to discuss the concepts with.
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I'm sure the book is great if you have a completely thorough understanding of String Theory. I have watched his DVD series and listened to many interviews with Brian Greene, which is why I thought I would venture into buying and listing to this book. I could only listen to a few hours before I thought my head would explode. Maybe I need some visuals? I wish the explanations were a little more clear, but then again I realize this territory is not clear to begin with. Buyer beware that this book is DENSE with some pretty heady stuff! Oy!
I've read and re-read Dr Greene previous books several times because their dense and the concepts are difficult but the underlying ideas are fascinating. The idea of parallel universes is just plain strange but as pointed out in this book it just keeps popping up. Don't read this book unless you read his previous book because is more a compendium of newer ideas and the fringe.
I did enjoy this and if you're a fan of his other books, I can certainly recommend it. I thought that Mr. Greene did a good job of narrating, but not great. Oddly enough, I don't think his passion for the subject comes through in his reading. I've gotten a better sense of awe on this subject from the narrators of his other books. The subject matter is certainly fascinating, but this one delves more into philosophy than it does into testable science. Still interesting and thought provoking, nonetheless.
If you've read Brian Greene, you'll know that he is not for the feint of heart. He is a very good writer and is able to make complicated theories accessible to the lay person. However, the underlying physics and math are so complicated and frankly amazing, that the subject matter almost defies understanding. If you like his earlier books, The Elegant Universe and the Fabric of the Cosmos, you will probably like this book. He takes the fundamental elements of string theory to the next logical conclusion: that there are multiple speculative theories about existence of parallel or multiple universes. It is such a spectacular line of reasoning that the whole presentation is compelling and engaging. He also does a good job articulating the positions of the primary detractors of the theories presented in the book. A really good listen for those interested in cutting edge theoretical physics.
Most of the subjects were over my head so I was disappointed not getting more out of the book. I am of average intelligence so many readers will have a great time with this book
If you're a casual fan of astrophysics (ie: Discovery Channel), then this might be too deep for you. I can't imagine too many people outside of graduate physics students who would fully appreciate the material presented...
Makes my everyday thoughts seem quite trivial. I can't imagine his wife having breakfast with Brian. I'm sure he would see a universe in his scrambled eggs ! I listented to it twice on long car journeys alone, and was amazed at the discoveries made by cosmologists in recent times. You will look upon our world through different eyes after listening to this book. Some concepts went right over my head, but some also are clear, due to everyday analagies (SP?) presented by the author. I wish I would have paid more attention in Science class. Highly recommended.