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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality | [Brian Greene]

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

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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 uses these questions to guide us toward modern science's new and deeper understanding of the universe. 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 bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that "time's arrow" is a relic of the universe's condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional "multiverse," pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy, Brian 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.

©2004 Brian Greene; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nobody ever said that cosmology was simple, not even Stephen Hawking, in whose tradition Dr. Greene impressively follows....He is both a skilled and kindly explicator....The Fabric of the Cosmos is as dazzling as it is tough." (The New York Times)
"It will be enjoyable and stimulating for the lay reader, who will even learn about time travel and teleportation. This is one popular-science book that won't be left on the coffee table half read." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    James Slidell, LA, United States 03-20-04
    James Slidell, LA, United States 03-20-04
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    "An Easy Listen"

    I found the narration to be excellent and quite easy to follow, even though I was not well informed in physics. I was able to understand and learn a lot. I will certainly read this book more than once. Even if it's an easy read , it covers a mountain of material, and deserves more than one reading.

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    Shirley Sister Bay, WI, USA 03-19-04
    Shirley Sister Bay, WI, USA 03-19-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Content over narration"

    I first heard the author on "Fresh Air" where his clarity and bright crisp enthusiasm encouraged me to download his work. His words show such a strong understanding that they are able to make a complicated subject accessible. However, having heard him speak, the choice of narrator is awful. I am in agreement with the other reviews mentioning this factor. And I also agree that it is worth while to get over the ponderous "documentary" voice of the narrator and listen to his words - really strong "wow" factor!

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    Matthew Corona, CA, USA 06-10-05
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    "Listen to something else"

    This book was a disappointment, and I struggled to see it through to the end. The author relies too heavily on analogy in his attempt to elucidate difficult concepts. Many of the analogies are contrived or just plain silly, and once introduced - Greene beats them to death. If I never hear "space-time loaf" again it will be too soon.

    The narrator is clearly unfamiliar with many of the words used by the author. His pace is plodding and his tone is monotonous. Occasionally he even comes across as arrogant, which annoyed me because he clearly doesn't understand what he's reading.

    Interesting ideas. Some informative background info on the development of string theory. Style and clarity of thought are lacking. I'll never buy another book read by this narrator.

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    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 08-29-04
    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 08-29-04 Member Since 2013
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    Very tedious for me. I wouldn't have purchased this title if I hadn't been interested in the subject matter. I couldn't finish it.

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    David Advance, NC, United States 04-12-04
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    "Too simplistic with poor reading"

    I have enjoyed this type of book (scientific explanation and pondering) in the past, but did not care for this title at all. The author goes into excruciating detail on some of the simpler subjects while breezing through some of the more difficult without answering basic questions. The narrator also leaves something to be desired. Overall, I would recommend skipping this book or at least going for the abridged version.

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    Yup MD 12-13-08
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    I just can't get past the voice and quality of the recording. I was very disappointed and stopped listening after 10 minutes.

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    Alain santa Fe, NM, United States 07-06-07
    Alain santa Fe, NM, United States 07-06-07 Member Since 2013

    professor. like great and VERY good books, fiction and history, mainly

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    "Fabric of the Cosmos"

    Utterly frustrating! The text seems to assume the reader/istener is either a child or very slow-witted. Thus, fascinating scientific discoveries are explained with silly and NOT funny little anecdotes and metaphors. What a shame, since Einstein for one provides many "thought experiments" that on their own are most illuminating. I had to stop listening.

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    Albert Lancaster, CA, USA 03-14-04
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    "Thank You Audible"

    This book was on my list of suggested books. Great read! Could have been more technical. It did give me a few more new ways to express some rather difficult concepts. Keep listening to us Audible.

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    Tej Cupertino, CA, USA 09-05-07
    Tej Cupertino, CA, USA 09-05-07
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    "Mindbending"

    Beautiful. Well read. Phenomenaly explained. I still dont get Quantum Physics.

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