The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality


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.

Title:The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:569 pages

    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality Reviews

  • Greg
    Mar 13, 2011

    I like to talk shit about science sometimes. Sometimes it's just to push people's buttons and other times it's because of the pop side of science is ridiculous (you know like the studies that get quot...

  • Trevor
    Jan 30, 2009

    Did you know that Schrödinger’s equation is a perfect anagram of “A Second Herring Quits”? And is a near perfect anagram of “Surely someone’s taking the piss”? The second anagram relies, ...

  • Fortunr
    Jan 07, 2013

    Wow, what a wonderful book. What a ride it was. Brian is definitely one of the best science popularisers about, hands down. It is amazing how he manages to convey potentially complex subjects, such as...

  • Stian
    Dec 07, 2014

    Let's start with the positives: Greene does an excellent job of explaining very hard-to-understand concepts in non-mathematical ways. That said, I think it was unecessary to use popular culture the wa...

  • Jen Padgett Bohle
    Dec 04, 2007

    Hmmm...I can now talk basics about String Theory and physics at a cocktail party. Get me into anything more than general commentary, discoveries, famous names and famous theories, and I'm completely a...

  • Joe
    Aug 06, 2007

    You probably know more about physics than you think. See, right there, when your brain registered the p-word, a black hole of anxiety opened up in the pit of your stomach from which nothing can escape...

  • Mahmoud Homsi
    Dec 31, 2015

    رأسي آلمني كثيراً خلال قراءة هذا الكتاب و لكن مع ذلك لم أستطع تركهحسناً.. إليك بعض المعلومات الصادمة، بعضها حق...

  • Kristen
    May 06, 2009

    I GIVE UPYou win this round science book **(shakes fist in anger)**In fact, after reading this book I've given up on science completely in favor the Nabokovian theory of very young earth creationism: ...

  • Paul  Perry
    Jan 26, 2012

    Glancing at the reviews for Brian Greene's overview of how we view the stuff of which our universe is made, it seems that some people base their rating and opinion on how much they agree with the scie...

  • Diana
    Jan 30, 2014

    “Ако не можеш да обясниш нещо на баба си, значи ти самият не го разбираш.” (казал Айнщайн)Без съмнение ученит...

About Brian Greene

Brian Greene

Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist and one of the best-known string theorists. He has been a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University since 1996. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public and a related PBS television special.