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 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.
I am delighted with the unabridged version of this book. Not only do I feel like I have learned a tremendous amount about modern physics, but the text is very engaging. It has been a pleasure to listen to this book.
I've enjoyed the book so far, the narrator has a good voice, and sounds natural dealing with a difficult subject. Mind you, the book is well written, and not hard to follow anyway. Not a good book for background listening, as I often miss sections if I'm concentrating on something else even a little bit, but I'm learning things I didn't know before, and I finally understand some aspects of quantum physics I didn't get before, just through the fantastic and clear explanations here. Good stuff.
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.
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!
professor. like great and VERY good books, fiction and history, mainly
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.
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.
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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