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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality - Brian Greene, Erik Davies
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.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... show more
From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.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 that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, 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.With 146 illustrationsJacket photograph by DB Image/Brand X PicturesFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780739309254 (0739309250)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
2.0 Going Overboard: "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene
(original review, 2004)"Within each individual [time] slice, your thoughts and memories are sufficiently rich to yield a sense that time has continuously flowed to that moment. This feeling, this sensation that time is flowing, doesn't require previous moments—previous frames—to be "sequentially ill...
Book Talk 21st Century
Book Talk 21st Century rated it
4.0
This is his second book. I finished this book around the same time I was watching the new Cosmos series on Fox. (It's hard to believe that Seth McFarlane, the man behind Family Guy, is one of the producers of the new Cosmos. I'm still waiting for Stewie to show up, or for a Cosmos parody on Family G...
Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
5.0 The Fabric of the Cosmos (Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality)
"A First step for understanding the universe."He mentions in the beginning that a refutation for the Albert Camus question why don't we all just commit suicide is because we can learn about the universe and discover our place in it while we're alive. After reading this book, you'll always have unfin...
XOX
XOX rated it
5.0 The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Superb book on the current theory of physics, explaining not only String theory under M theory, but how we could view time and space, and the possibility to time travel.Good read for those who are curious about the universe we live in, and how human living on this very small planet is doing in tryin...
Never Read Passively
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5.0 The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
I started this book hoping to get a basic understanding of the Theory of Relativity. I got that, and much, much more. I can't remember ever having read an author as talented at distilling and simplifying the complex as Brian Greene. He is great at using metaphor, repetition and illustrations to expl...
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