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The fabric of the cosmos

What are space and time. Although these are familiar concepts to us, they have always been a source of interest to philosophers and scientists, and in The Fabric of the Cosmos Brian Greene takes a look at the answers they have come up with. Thus he introduces special and general relativity, as well a quantum theory, in a non-technical way, and explains how chance and thermodynamics are related to the flow of time. He also looks at Bell's inequalities and experiments involving quantum entanglement and shows how all these things have revolutionised our ideas about space and especially time

The second half of the book gets on to symmetry, particle physics, and of course string theory. Greene shows how the field of quantum cosmology has arisen, looking at the earliest moments after the big bang, as well as leading to more speculative ideas such as a universe on a brane.

Although this book is non-technical, it is intellectually deep, and is likely to have something of interest even for those experienced in the subject - there are plenty of notes at the end for those wanting more details. Greene manages to include a great deal of modern physics without resorting to equations, and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know about current ideas regarding the universe in which we live info
Paperback 592 pages  
ISBN: 0375727205
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Published: 2005 Vintage
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author of 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.