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.
"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)
I have read tons of popular scientific physics books but THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR! Although a little lengthy sometimes, it really brings you to the current frontiers of science and will definitely leave you marveled!
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
Huh? Great rating but that title?
Mr. Greene is a fine educator and Mr. Pritchard does a wonderful job as the reader, but even for this guy who actually studied physics, I need the paper and math in front of me. Some of the material blew by so fast I found myself fighting with the iPod to rewind to get that "last bit one more time". The audiobook is well done although it needs more chapter and section markers because if you do decide to go audio and do decide to maximize your return from this terrific book, you will be rewinding, unless of course you've been reincarnated Professor Einstein.
An excellent lay person indroduction into the world of physics. Starting with classical physics you are treated to a journey up through the latest fascinating theories. An enjoyable experience. I teach at a graduate level (nothing to do with physics) and was impressed with Brian Greene's gift for making a very tough subject understandable. I agree that the reader could be better but this should not stop you from buying this book. Hope you find it as much as I did.
Brian Greene has done a wonderful job making the world of theoretical physics accessible to everyone. I enjoyed the audio book so much that I went out a bought the paper book for future reference.
In Santa Barbara for a month during the summer of 2004 with this and 5 other titles on my iPod. I enjoyed Mr. Green's ability to allow me to understand this amazing topic. The Theory of Everything so to speak. I listened to the book twice during the month. I cannot wait for his third book. The problem is we may have to wait a few years for the science folks to formulate some new theories so he can explain them to us all. this book brings us current. I even read Scientific American with a yawn, ho hum feeling now that Brian covered it for me last summer.
5 star - First Rate
The author does a great job in explaining the very complex issues of relativity and string theory etc. with everyday examples. the audio book is quite long but i never lost interest and was always able to follow even after having to put it away for a few days. great voice, too ;-)
I have read many of the books of this genre, and this book does the best job of breaking down each subject and explaining it in very easy to understand concepts.
Although if I heard about the milk unspilling or the egg unbreaking one more time I was going to scream!
The author has an exceptional ability to explain the concepts of physics without sinking into endless buzzwords and mathematical detail.
Over the past few years I've had occassion to go through a number of works dealing with the history of ideas, many of them dealing with our current ideas that undergird and make up our vision of science. This is the best I've read. His treatment of entanglements is superb. The best is his work on entropy -- a uniquely clear and comprehensive explanation.
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