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Using Simpsons and X-Files examples, Brian Greene explains our current understanding of the universe. Whereas The Elegant Universe was primarily about the obscure, largely theoretical world of susperstring theory, Fabric of the Cosmos holds to more solid ground. Greene is a good communicator and illustrates complex issues well. Folks wanting to learn more about relativity, quantum mechanics, and the main points of string theory should find this a good starting point.
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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? 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.

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“Send[s] the reader’s imagination hurtling through space on an astonishing ride. . . . He is both a skilled and kindly explicator. His excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is extremely contagious.” The New York Times

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"The best exposition and explanation of early 21st-century research into the fundamental nature of the universe as you are likely to find anywhere.” Science

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"Relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe." Booklist, starred review

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"Perhaps the single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today....Greene has a gift for finding the right metaphor." The Washington Post

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"I recommend Greene's book to any nonexpert reader who wants an up-to-date account of theoretical physics, written in colloquial language that anyone can understand." Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books

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"As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets....Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene's book stands out for its sweeping ambition...stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science." Newsday

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"Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands." Los Angeles Times

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"Highly informed, lucid and witty....There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time." Discover

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"The author's informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious." Kansas City Star

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"Mind-bending....[Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills." The Oregonian

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"Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better." The Times (London)

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"Greene's gravitational pull rivals a black hole's." Newsweek

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"Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick....Read [your friends] the passages of this book that boggle your mind. (You may find yourself reading them every single paragraph)." Boston Globe

About the Author

Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University, where he is professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than thirty countries, and on all seven continents, and is widely regarded for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a national best seller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, was also a best seller. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.

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mudcatmls, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by mudcatmls)
Another great and excellent book by Brain Greene who is able to meet the general public with deep subjects in a understandable way. We will be seeing a lot more of Brain Greene.
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Taylor, December 25, 2008 (view all comments by Taylor)
This is an excellent book on contemporary physics. It is written for a popular audience, but even with that, it is a dense book. However Greene does an excellent job of making the material easier to approach. He uses some pop culture references such as the Simpsons to illustrate and explain the concepts involved in the physics he's discussing. What I enjoyed most, however, is the evident enthusiasm in Greene's work. His enthusiasm consistently made theb ook more enjoyable and the concepts easier to understand.

I highly recommend picking this book if you want to learn more about physics, or if you're interested in how science can inform your spiritual practices. I found it useful in helping me understanding some of the finer details involved in quantum mechanics and how time and space work from a physics perspective.
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"Staff Pick" by ,

Using Simpsons and X-Files examples, Brian Greene explains our current understanding of the universe. Whereas The Elegant Universe was primarily about the obscure, largely theoretical world of susperstring theory, Fabric of the Cosmos holds to more solid ground. Greene is a good communicator and illustrates complex issues well. Folks wanting to learn more about relativity, quantum mechanics, and the main points of string theory should find this a good starting point.

"Review" by , “Send[s] the reader’s imagination hurtling through space on an astonishing ride. . . . He is both a skilled and kindly explicator. His excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is extremely contagious.”
"Review" by , "The best exposition and explanation of early 21st-century research into the fundamental nature of the universe as you are likely to find anywhere.”
"Review" by , "Relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe."
"Review" by , "Perhaps the single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today....Greene has a gift for finding the right metaphor."
"Review" by , "I recommend Greene's book to any nonexpert reader who wants an up-to-date account of theoretical physics, written in colloquial language that anyone can understand."
"Review" by , "As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets....Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene's book stands out for its sweeping ambition...stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science."
"Review" by , "Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands."
"Review" by , "Highly informed, lucid and witty....There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time."
"Review" by , "The author's informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious."
"Review" by , "Mind-bending....[Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills."
"Review" by , "Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better."
"Review" by , "Greene's gravitational pull rivals a black hole's."
"Review" by , "Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick....Read [your friends] the passages of this book that boggle your mind. (You may find yourself reading them every single paragraph)."
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