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Review: The Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene



From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, 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 has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. 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 instantaneously coordinate their behavior, 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.

  • Paperback: 569 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Knopf; First edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965900584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965900584

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The Fabric of the Cosmos (Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality)My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is excellent. At times it is a bit hard to read but Brian Greene manages to keep it interesting and fun. If you like physics in general, this is a keeper.

I originally found this thru a show on PBS. I think it was 4 episodes. I enjoyed that and then saw an ad that the show was based on a book. I immediately went and bought it.

Then I was going on vacation and didn’t want to lug books with me so I bought the ebook version.

The reason I would recommed this to anyone with an interest in the topic is how clearly the author describes things. That clarity and his humor make it a really enjoyable read.

That’s not to say it is overly simplistic. There were a few passages I had to read multiple times to really understand. I may re-read this one again in a few months or a year. It really is that good.

Buy the book.

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