The Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos

Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

Book - 2004
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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 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 illustrations

Jacket photograph by DB Image/Brand X Pictures
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375412882
Branch Call Number: 523.1 Gre
Characteristics: xii, 569 p. : ill


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Sep 28, 2017

The Fabric of the Cosmos presents the scientific establishment's take on reality. Gratifyingly, there is no invocation of missionary zeal or 'take it or leave it' ultimatums as to our current state of understanding the known universe. Greene presents his discourse akin to a get together at a college coffeehouse of bygone days when people verbally stated their case, unlike now being mesmerized into oblivion by staring at a digital screen. Part II Time and Experience tackles that most enigmatic, vexing concept of time, and its derivative, time travel. Very worthwhile read; it's where I started and flipped back and forth as necessary. The author is adept at explaining by example. Potential readers are reminded that there is nothing unorthodox in this tome. No matter how convoluted the abstractions, we are not venturing into the Twilight Zone.

Aug 30, 2016

I flipped through some chapters and found that they were far, far too wordy. I'm sure, give other reviewers' comments, that it is a very good description of modern cosmology and physics as of publication date. Since I did not finish it, I did not "star" rate it, but could recommend it to readers with scant knowledge of the subject who would like a friendly, non-technical presentation.

Aug 29, 2016


Apr 03, 2014

This is a great read for anyone interested in a contemporary understanding on how our universe is constructed. In fact I think everyone would benefit from reading it. Some concepts may be more difficult to appreciate but the explanations Greene offers are clear and the conclusions profound.

Oct 15, 2010

An excellent readable book about the deep mysteries of space and time, cosmology, and the nature of our universe. This book has a wider perspective than Brian Greene's other book "The Elegant Universe".

Other good reads for the layman are: "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene; "Three Roads to Quantum Gravity" by Lee Smolin; "Black Holes and Baby Universes" by Stephen Hawkings.

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