Icarus at the Edge of Time

ISBN-10: 0307268888

ISBN-13: 9780307268884

Edition: 2008

Authors: Brian Greene

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From one of America7;s leading physicists-a moving and visually stunning futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable. The starshipProximais on a twenty-five-trillion mile journey. Icarus was born on the ship as was his father and his father7;s father, but there will be two more generations before theProximareaches its destination. As the tale begins, theProximais making an emergency diversion to avoid a black hole. Icarus wants to get a closer look. Although his father explains that when something goes into a black hole it never comes out, Icarus is confident that he can journey to the black hole7;s edge and still make it back. He sneaks one of the Runabout ships out of the docking station and sets off to explore the black hole on his own. The result is unexpected and startling. Icarus returns to find his world profoundly and forever transformed. InIcarus at the Edge of TimeBrian Greene has given us a fable about fathers and sons, curiosity and wisdom, and the complexity of the universe as only a physicist of his range and lucidity could. Designed by Chip Kidd-with full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope-it is destined to be a classic for all ages.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 34
Size: 8.75" wide x 12.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

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.

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