Fabric of the Cosmos Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

ISBN-10: 0375727205
ISBN-13: 9780375727207
Edition: 2004
Authors: Brian Greene
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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? 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.

Brian Greene was born on February 9, 1963 in New York City. After attending Stuyvesant High School, where he was a classmate of fellow physicist Lisa Randall. Brian Greene entered Harvard in 1980 to major in physics. He graduated with a bachelor's degree, and went on to earn his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, graduating in 1987. Greene joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, and was appointed to a full professorship in 1995. The following year, he joined the staff of Columbia University as a full professor; this remains his current position. At Columbia, Greene is co-director of the University's Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), and is leading a research program applying superstring theory to cosmological questions. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public, The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and a related PBS television special.

Preface
Reality's Arena
Roads to Reality: Space, Time, and Why Things Are as They Are
The Universe and the Bucket: Is Space a Human Abstraction or a Physical Entity?
Relativity and the Absolute: Is Spacetime an Einsteinian Abstraction or a Physical Entity?
Entangling Space: What Does It Mean to Be Separate in a Quantum Universe?
Time and Experience
The Frozen River: Does Time Flow?
Chance and the Arrow: Does Time Have a Direction?
Time and the Quantum: Insights into Time's Nature from the Quantum Realm
Spacetime and Cosmology
Of Snowflakes and Spacetime: Symmetry and the Evolution of the Cosmos
Vaporizing the Vacuum: Heat, Nothingness, and Unification
Deconstructing the Bang: What Banged?
Quanta in the Sky with Diamonds: Inflation, Quantum Jitters, and the Arrow of Time
Origins and Unification
The World on a String: The Fabric According to String Theory
The Universe on a Brane: Speculations on Space and Time in M-Theory
Reality and Imagination
Up in the Heavens and Down in the Earth: Experimenting with Space and Time
Teleporters and Time Machines: Traveling Through Space and Time
The Future of an Allusion: Prospects for Space and Time
Notes
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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