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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Greene Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9781415902349
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, 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 uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe. 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 bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Greene’s] excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is supremely contagious. The Fabric of the Cosmos is as dazzling as it is tough, and it beautifully reflects this theoretician's ardor for his work. In interviews he is sometimes asked where the next generation of physicists will come from. One clear answer: from the brain-teasing, exhilarating study of books like this.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Forbidding formulas no longer stand between general readers and the latest breakthroughs in astrophysics: the imaginative gifts of one of the pioneers making these breakthroughs has now translated mathematical science into accessible analogies drawn from everyday life and popular culture. . . . Nonspecialists will relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe. Booklist (starred review)
  • This is popular science writing of the highest order. . . Greene [has an] unparalleled ability to translate higher mathematics into everyday language and images, through the adept use of metaphor and analogy, and crisp, witty prose. . . He not only makes concepts clear, but explains why they matter. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Perhaps the single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today…Greene has a gift for finding the right metaphor.”

    Washington Post

  • “Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets…Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene’s book stands out for its sweeping ambition…stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science.”

    Newsday

  • “The author’s informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Mind-bending…[Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills.”

    Oregonian

  • “Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better.”

    Times (London)

  • “Greene’s gravitational pull rivals a black hole’s.”

    Newsweek

  • “Inexhaustibly witty…A must-read for the huge constituency of lay readers enticed by the mysteries of cosmology.”

    Sunady Times (London)

  • “Greene takes us to the limits of space and time.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick.”

    Boston Globe

  • “If anyone can popularize tough science, it’s Greene.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Greene is a marvelously talented exponent of physics…A pleasure to read.”

    Economist

  • “Magnificent…Sends shivers down the spine.”

    Financial Times

  • “The best exposition and explanation of early 21st-century research into the fundamental nature of the universe as you are likely to find anywhere.”

    Science

  • “Holds out the promise that we may one day explain how space and time have come to exist.”

    Nature

  • “I recommend Greene’s book to any nonexpert reader who wants an up-to-date account of theoretical physics, written in colloquial language that anyone can understand.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Highly informed, lucid, and witty…There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/15/2014

    " Now among my top favorites. A superb book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 1/31/2014

    " Difficult stuff to fathom, but very interesting. Lots went over my head and as an audio book it is hard to stop and think about everything that is being said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alen | 1/29/2014

    " mulder and scully are starting to give me a headache. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/29/2014

    " This is the latest for our UU book group. It looks demanding, but the subject is very profound. I really love this kind of physics which, in my opinion, is the heart of modern ontology. Unfortunately, the book itself was not as noble as the subject. It was over-long, rambling, and packed with bizarre metaphors that were more confusing than enlightening. I can't recommend it really. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ariyati | 1/23/2014

    " gak ngerti tulisannya Green...ada yg mau pinjam ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Free | 1/16/2014

    " wow. finished it. a tour de force! this book is a GREAT intro and survey of past, current and future physics theories of space and time. I probably only grasped 75% of it but found myself re-reading sections and referring to them often. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 1/13/2014

    " Very good over view of contemporary astrophysics, written with an easy style. A bit hard to comprehend in some places-but it's astrophysics, it should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 11/4/2013

    " Physics that won't put you to sleep. Instead will keep you up and expand your mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/31/2013

    " This book gave me brain ache and I could only read a few pages at a time. But oh so worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 8/28/2013

    " What can I say, except to offer my continuing deep thanks to a scientist who is making even the most complex, difficult science accessible to non-scientists like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 8/23/2013

    " I cant get enough of these books...this was well done and very accessible...it has a companion series on NOVA on PBS..nothing we could conjure up compares to the amazing wonders of our universe that we now know or are yet to uncover...or maybe we just could someday... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Miller | 1/19/2013

    " I don't know why this is not required reading for every freshman in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckyg | 12/14/2012

    " So if I get what this book is saying, when I am cleaning the toilet, I am also somewhere having a nice day at the beach? Somehow, this makes it all better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Patterson | 9/30/2012

    " This book is perfect for someone like me: interested in science, but not very good at it. Brian Greene has a talent for making mind-blowing concepts accessible to the non-specialists. I'll never see life, the universe, and everything the same way again after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Frandeen | 9/26/2012

    " I loved this book. That is not to say I understood what the hell he was talking about. It seems fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kamilla | 8/7/2012

    " I am still reading this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Weston | 6/30/2012

    " Better than the Elegant Universe since the modern physics intro is shorter and the explanation of string theory and the basic ideas that support it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 3/16/2012

    " Read this in college instead of studying for a Spanish final. Still got a good grade and frankly the book was worth it. Pretty interesting book that helps make physics accessible for the average person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 11/4/2011

    " Einstein was right. Physics is in its infancy. Brian Greene humanizes science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Swapnil | 6/26/2011

    " Picked it up just after the Elegant Universe.. so a bit repetitive but loved it nevertheless.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piotr | 6/4/2011

    " A mind opening and puzzling book on String Theory, The Theory of Everything, Multi-dimensional universe, etc. Some of these theorems of physics sent shivers down my spine. One of the most enthralling reading experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Atti | 5/19/2011

    " The one physics book everyone should read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sieg | 5/6/2011

    " Well, don't get me wrong, the book is good, it is extremely wel-written and all, but tome it's way too simple, even thought I am not he one with technical education, it still bored me with too many explanations and too much repeating "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/2/2011

    " This is a great read, albeit, a thinking read. Not even close to my usual, stretching my brain out a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Difficult stuff to fathom, but very interesting. Lots went over my head and as an audio book it is hard to stop and think about everything that is being said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 3/25/2011

    " Excellent, although pretty heavy going in some chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jonathan | 3/7/2011

    " a fascinating discussion of the arrow of time and geometry of the universe. plus, not as much repeated material from THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE as i expected! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuela | 2/15/2011

    " Boring at the beginnig. However, at the end, he exposes INTERESTING ideas about the theory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/3/2011

    " Interesting but almost a direct copy of steven hawkings book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 1/28/2011

    " Engrossing and informative. Definitely going to pick up The Elegant Universe. "

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