The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

The Fabric of the Cosmos

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? G...

Details The Fabric of the Cosmos

TitleThe Fabric of the Cosmos
Release DateOct 21st, 2018
PublisherAlfred Knopf
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Popular Science

Reviews The Fabric of the Cosmos

  • Greg
    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 quoted on your web-browsers start-up page, which may even be contradicted a few days from now by some other article, or all those fucking pharmaceutical ad's on TV. Hey, thanks Pfizer for helping make me a drug addict!). I just made a slight at pop-scien...
  • Trevor
    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, of course (and almost entirely), on a rather judicious application of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle – but I do think that one may be more illuminating of how I’m finding some of the quantum mechanical experiments described in this book. Th...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Going Overboard: "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene(original review, 2004)"Within each individual [time] slice, your thoughts and memories are sufficiently rich to yield a sense that time has continuously flowed to that moment. This feeling, this sensation that time is flowing, doesn't require previous moments—previous frames—to be "sequentially illuminated."In "The Fabric o...
  • WarpDrive
    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 quantum mechanics and relativity, in a simple but at the same time rigorous manner. And he does that with a contagious enthusiasm which reminded to me why I love physics. I also greatly appreciated the fact that he never gets into the game (like so ...
  • Stian
    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 way he did. It feels silly, reading about Einstein and general relativity and getting an example which uses the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart, and Lisa and so forth. But okay, I admit that this is a fairly small detail that shouldn't take too much away from the ov...
  • Mahmut Homsi
    رأسي آلمني كثيراً خلال قراءة هذا الكتاب و لكن مع ذلك لم أستطع تركهحسناً.. إليك بعض المعلومات الصادمة، بعضها حقائق و البعض الآخر نظريات و فرضيات و لكنها معتمدة على استنتاجات رياضية 1- أنت لست ثابت، أنت في حركة دائمة و متسارعة أيضاً2- القوى الكهرومغناط...
  • Jen Padgett Bohle
    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 at a loss. Green is a likable and passionate author, but for readers without a physics knowledge base, his little treatise is tough going, even with all the Simpsons references. I remember the most important concepts, but the intricacies didn't stick ...
  • Joe
    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. Your underarms began to radiate heat as your mind conjured memories of stuffy high school laboratories. And as your eyes scanned ahead for those dreaded half-English, half-Greek words followed by an equal sign, the probability of you reading on fas...
  • Mark Hebwood
    What an incredible journey this was. I think Brian is fantastically gifted to explain esoteric and cutting-edge cosmological concepts without the use of formulae and maths. He says himself that he will only use metaphors to explain the ideas, but even so he remains respectful of his subject, he does not dumb things down, and I found the metaphors for the most part evocative and helpful. Towards the end of the book, however, the ideas get so far r...
  • Paul Perry
    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 science, or how credible they find it. While I have read a fair few popular science books – especially in the areas of physics and cosmology, areas I find utterly fascinating and about which I am perplexed that anyone can not be astounded and beguiled ...
  • J.M. Hushour
    Being utterly unscientific (I still believe toasters toast toast by invoking thrice the name of said bread and summoning forth a kind of crisping deity), I pounce on shit for the lay reader. Sacks, Sagan, Ramachandran, Richard Simmons, etc. I had never heard of Brian Greene and have typically held physics and such things at arm's length, with my other hand pinching my nose shut as if holding the world's most curious diaper: there is probably much...
  • Miloš Kostić
    Odlična knjiga za sve laike koji se pitaju šta su to prostor i vreme. Tema je obrađena vrlo temeljno.
  • Diana
    “Ако не можеш да обясниш нещо на баба си, значи ти самият не го разбираш.” (казал Айнщайн)Без съмнение учените разбират от това, с което се занимават. Но на много от тях, пишещи и книги, липсва тази тъничка подробност с обясняването и простичкото пр...
  • Wayne Barrett
    “Cosmology is among the oldest subjects to captivate our species. And it’s no wonder. We’re storytellers, and what could be more grand than the story of creation?” Admittedly, my head was spinning quite a bit during this read. After all, trying to understand quantum physics is something my brain just isn't wired to do.I love science, and even though volumes like this can be a task to get through, I am always left enlightened and amazed at...
  • Mike
    This is a great book that does an excellent job of explaining some of the toughest ideas in modern physics. My only criticism is that Greene can't figure out who his audience is: there's an odd mix of esoterica and the mundane. Most of the esoteric stuff is banished to the footnotes, which are well worth reading--and I suppose I should be happy that it's there at all, since most books on modern science are written with Hawking's Editor's Law in m...
  • DJ
    If mathematically challenged aliens (who had somehow acquired a spacecraft) landed on Earth and requested a single book to sum up our species' understanding of space, time, and physics, we would do best to give them The Fabric of the Cosmos.Pop sci books on physics have a nasty habit of either aiming too general and leaving the reader with only a fuzzy sense of awe or aiming too specific and leaving the reader with a few random facts and a genera...
  • Tony
    THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS. (2004). Brian Greene. ****.This is another in Greene’s series of books attempting to educate the average reader in the concepts of cosmology. I admit that I skimmed over those parts that I was familiar with, and also skimmed over those parts that were beyond my understanding. Greene attempts to present the current burning questions in his field using simplistic examples drawn from our daily lives. It turns out, however...
  • Derek Davis
    Once again, as in "The Elegant Universe," Greene has done an exemplary job of presenting a "popular" explication of deep science (particle physics and cosmology) that is neither condescending nor watered down. I've been amazed both times than anyone could pull this off, since it's been attempted so often but left the subjects either impenetrable or eviscerated.Greene's salient attribute is clarity: He can find and present the basic contours of ju...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    I wish I could say 'The Fabric of the Cosmos' is an easy read which makes clear a subject that only geniuses understand normally about what classic physics and quantum mechanics have to do with understanding the mysteries of cosmology, particularly the theories regarding what the universe is, how it began, what made it function the way it does and why there seems to be an arrow of Time. I can't. Physics is too hard for me. However, Brian Greene i...
  • David
    This is a nice overview of modern physics, including implications of relativity (specific and general), quantum mechanics and string theory, together with a discussion of the implications for cosmology. Some of the interesting items discussed here include the notion that during the "Planck time", ie, 10^(-34) sec or so after the Big Bang, space and time had no meaning, that our 3-D universe may be only an illusion of an underlying 11-dimensional ...
  • Larry Webber
    I finally finished Brian Greene's Fabric of the Cosmos and I am more confused than ever about string theory, M-theory and the nature of spacetime.I feel as though I should read the book again. I guess at least now I am familiar enough with the concepts which confuse me to be able to sound like I know something about general relativity, quantum mechanics and string theory over beers with friends, and that's the important thing, right?Greene uses l...
  • Melinda
    Well I finished this book. Pretty sure I didn’t understand a lot of it...but that’s on me not the author. That aside I thought this was a beautifully written book. Well researched, interesting and well written. I think I learnt some things...but expect another read would be needed to absorb more of the content.
  • John
    Lots of really interesting things in this book. I didn't realize physics had progressed so far in finding a unification theory.What I found most interesting would probably horrify the author because, while he didn't say so in so many words, he apparently really believes that physics is, or can be, the answer to everything. I, on the other hand, believe there is a God, the Christian God, who has a hand in our existence.I have always thought it cur...
  • Jay
    Did Greene plagiarise a section of his book? More on that later.Oh, god, I'm surprised I finished it. For the most part, I enjoy theoretical physics. I'm not sure if I believe everything that theoretical physics proposes (but then again, I'm not one for blindly allowing myself to be pulled along by an entity I can't see), but I enjoy it nonetheless. And I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. Greene offers some thought provoking ideas, and he ...
  • Brilliant Hope
    I have not finished it yet :)) but to be honestStunning book,erudite author made me read his books with passion actually this is the second book I read for prof.Brian greene ,I admire his resilience in explanation ,this feature is extremely rare with other cosmologists, he could show me another realm away from my own perspective I acquired many remarkable transformations in my ideas about the universe which I used to think it No longer had to be ...
  • Mel
    The book focused mainly on the concepts of space and time, and how they build the universe around us. Starting with the concept of space and how that's changed over the years, then time and how that's changed and now the concept of spacetime, and then the universe itself. A large part of the book was used trying to explain, "time's arrow" why things go forward but never backwards, why entropy is always greater in the future and never the past. It...
  • Sandra
    Author Brian Green is to be commended for his brilliant attempt to communicate the intricacies of particle physics, general and special relativity, the Big Bang, quantum mechanics and, yes--even string theory--to the interested lay person. It is a monumental effort ,since these topics are not easy for most people to grasp. I know because I have a genuine interest and have read numerous books purporting to make these theories understandable. This ...
  • Gary
    "A First step for understanding the universe."He mentions in the beginning that a refutation for the Albert Camus question why don't we all just commit suicide is because we can learn about the universe and discover our place in it while we're alive. After reading this book, you'll always have unfinished business in discovering more and more about the universe. This book is a very good intro to physics and discovering about the universe.
  • Squatting Erudite
    This is as fine (or very near) as popular physics goes. Although the book is maybe a bit too simple at times, I really enjoyed how Greene is able to present some very difficult concepts by gradually building up ideas. Instead of jumping over here and over there, he leads the reader in a very precise (well, as precise as you can get without serious mathematics) and logical manner which seems to be satisfying both to the layman and to the expert. E...