The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Science - 592 pages
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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? 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.


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Astonishing and Spell Binding!

User Review  - Puneet Gautam - Flipkart

Brian Greene is a genious, not just because of his mathematical abilities but also because of his ability to explain the most complex theories with relative ease. Einstein once said " if you cant ... Read full review

Welcome to an Abstruse world

User Review  - CmK - Flipkart

Yes ! Welcome to an abstruse world. Wait ? Is the author writing some kind of fantasy fiction, NO ! This is about the very world we live in. The rules and laws that govern the simulation. Everything ... Read full review

Contents

is Space a Human Abstraction or a Physical Entity?
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is Spacetime an Einsteinian Abstraction or
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What Does it Mean to Be Separate in
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Chance and the Arrow
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Of Srrontlakes and Spacetime _19
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Quanta in the Sky with Diamonds
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1 The orld on a String
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H Up in the Heavens and Down in the Earth
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l Tclcportcrs and Time Machines
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Prospects for Space and Time
470
Notes
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Glossary
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Suggestions for Further Reading
544
Copyright

The Universe on a Branc
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About the author (2007)

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 at 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 twenty-five countries and is widely regarded for a number of ground breaking discoveries in superstring theory. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.


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