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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
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on January 24, 2014
Brian Greene has created a great presentation for the non physics students whereby the theories are easy to understand.
For me, no math formulas, a great bonus.
Plenty of visual aids to show the concept explained.
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on January 15, 2014
After reading this book, and also many other popular physics titles, you will be ready to explore the world of more advanced physics texts, that would be incomprehensible otherwise.
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on August 30, 2013
One word is enough to sum it up: Amazing! I first got hooked watching Fabric of the Cosmos on TV, so decided to get the book. Definitely am not dissappointed.
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on June 19, 2013
An insightful, interesting and surprisingly easy read. That does not mean that it is not challenging. I will reread this one several times.
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on March 12, 2013
Liked the DVD. Very informative and well presented.Watched it twice for better understanding.Acquired other DVD's on the same subject.The book is a little heavy.
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on February 21, 2013
Brian Greene has the ability to write books about physics that non-physicists can understand. He takes you into the world of quantum physics, looking at the structure of the universe, without going over your head. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to students or general readers with an interest in science.
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on September 4, 2011
Let's just get this out of the way first: this book is awesome. Seriously. Do not let any of the naysayers dissuade you from picking this book up if you have even the slightest interest in cosmology or theoretical physics. Hell, I'd probably still recommend Brian Greene's book to those with a more specialized education in the matter, simply as a useful reference. It's that good.

The "Fabric of the Cosmos" is a big book. Not in size, but in content. Greene goes from Newton's Laws, grounded in classical physics, and ends up discussing M-theory, p-branes, and extra dimensional Calabri-Yau shapes by the end of the text. His writing is vast and comprehensive, but what makes this book so good is its accessibility. Does the symmetry of physics (translational symmetry, gauge symmetry, etc.), the Higgs feld and its energy bowl, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the electroweak force, and how it all relates make sense to you? No? Well, it didn't to me, either, until I read this book. Greene elucidates it all in such a style as to appeal to any layman with any sort of interest in the subject matter and a willingness to learn. Classical physics, Einstein's relativity, Maxwell's work on electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, unification, inflationary cosomology . . . you name it, it's in here.

One of the greatest elements of this book is its layout. Greene breaks each section down into smaller, digestible topics separated by headers that don't require pages and pages of reading with nary a break in between. Because of the complexity of the subject matter, being able to read small pieces at a time about a topic such as string theory (which is touched on at the end, but not nearly in as much depth as in his "Elegant Universe") allows me to take a break from the book to do some other research, or just to contemplate the new info, without feeling lost when I return to reading. It was a fantastic decision and shows Greene's experience in communicating complex concepts.

Another device Greene uses liberally throughout the text is analogy. The wide use of this shows you that the book is truly intended for the general reader, and, for the most part, they are very useful, explanatory, and easy to follow. Some, though, get a little annoying. The repeated use of the Simpsons during his explanation of relativity is one of these times. It's not a big thing, and the analogies still work great, but it is a gripe, albeit a small one, surrounded by heaps of praise.

In a nutshell, Brian Greene is a fantastically accessible writer on the topic of theoretical physics. I can't stress this enough. Accessibility of the complex subjects broached in the "Fabric of the Cosmos" is, I would wager, of the utmost importance to most any general reader interested in picking up the text. Without accessibility, a book on those topics herein tends to devolve into a scientific treatise or a text book. A book filled with complex equations would not lend itself to simply expressing the concepts and ideas behind the math. Thankfully, through the skill of Greene's writing and his ability to teach, the accessibility of the "Fabric of the Comsos" is one of his most crowning achievements.
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on September 29, 2009
I really loved this book. Covered a lot of territory found in similar explorations, but always with a fresh slant, and lots of surprises. Very,very well organized. A treat from start to finish, and so far as I could tell quite up-to-date.
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on March 10, 2007
Bruan Greene does a wonderful job in providing background information in modern physics to the average science buff. His descriptions and concise and his analogies are quite useful. My only concern is that, when presenting his ideas on string theory, there is very little mention of the fact that hardly anything has been proven in this area. Its largest competition, quantum gravity, is abrely mentioned, and seems to be an after thought. I do not blame Mr. Greene for his feeling, considering all he has invested in string theory, but the book leaves you with the idea that string theory is the only real theory to explain the entire universe, and this is definately false.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This thought-provoking book has a wider perspective than Greene's Elegant Universe, in which he expounded on String Theory. Fabric Of The Cosmos discusses the latest findings in theoretical physics in a style accessible to the ordinary reader.

The book contains a short summary of string theory. In brief, this theory proposes that particles like quarks, electrons et al. are not dots but minute filaments of vibrating energy that produce various particle properties. Superstring Theory reconciles general relativity with quantum mechanics in a single theory, making it a strong candidate for Einstein's elusive Unified Theory.

The author explores the two most prominent concerns of modern physics: The historical development from Galileo and Newton to Einstein and Hawking, and the very latest theories that arose from this development.

Chapter 12 is basically a summary of The Elegant Universe, whilst the following two chapters explore the possibilities of experimentally testing the string theory.

A very important component of he book is the irreconcilable gap between the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics. General relativity only hold valid for large objects, whilst quantum mechanics explains the subatomic composition of matter/energy. Since the two are incompatible, Greene maintains that a theory of quantum gravity must be developed, one that holds true for both small and large objects.

In the chapters Time And The Quantum and Entangling Space, the author looks at quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena of entanglement. He rejects Niels Bohr's dualistic interpretation of the world of facts and the world of probabilities, postulating a hidden reality composed of 9 spatial dimensions and 1 of time.

Fabric Of The Cosmos is a most engaging investigation of cutting edge ideas in physics and cosmology. It is highly stimulating and far more readable than Elegant Universe. I highly recommend this brilliant work.
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