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The Fabric of the Cosmos- A Review

 


The Fabric of the Cosmos

  by Brian Greene

Reviewed by

  Geoffrey W. Sutton

I suppose my fascination with science began in childhood when the Russians first sent a rocket into space. I was fortunate to have a workbench in our basement where I messed with various science kits and old radios. Soon, I would be fascinated by High School science classes and the opportunity to build a simple computer. Although my path led to psychological science, I still enjoy reading the nonspecialist versions of the Big Picture like Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos.

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene is known for discussing several mind-bending concepts that challenge our everyday understanding of reality. Here are some of the most thought-provoking ideas explored in the book:

1. The Nature of Space and Time: Greene explores the fundamental structure of the cosmos, questioning the very nature of space and time. He delves into whether space is an entity and why time seems to have a direction.

2. Quantum Entanglement: The book discusses quantum mechanics and the phenomenon of entanglement, where distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, defying the classical understanding of space.

3. Teleportation: Greene touches on the concept of teleportation, a staple of science fiction, but also a real scientific possibility under certain quantum conditions.

4. Parallel Universes: The idea of parallel universes is another concept that Greene examines. He discusses the possibility that every outcome of a quantum event actually occurs, but in separate, parallel universes.

5. The Block Universe Theory of Time: This theory suggests that past, present, and future events exist simultaneously, which challenges our linear perception of time.

6. The Fabric of Reality: Greene's exploration of string theory and the potential textures of reality suggest that what we perceive is only a small part of a much larger and more complex fabric.

These concepts push the boundaries of what we consider possible and encourage readers to think about the universe in new and different ways. Greene's ability to explain these ideas in an accessible manner has made The Fabric of the Cosmos a celebrated work in popular science. If you're intrigued by these topics, diving into the book will provide a much richer understanding of these fascinating aspects of our universe.

Reference

Greene, B. (2004). The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. New York, NY: Vintage Books. Available on AMAZON

Cite this review

Sutton, G. W. (2024, April 30). The fabric of the cosmos-A Review. Interdisciplinary Book and Film Reviews. Retrieved from https://suttonreviews.suttong.com/2024/04/the-fabric-of-cosmos-review.html


About Brian Greene

Brian Greene is a prominent American theoretical physicist and mathematician known for his work on string theory and his ability to explain complex scientific concepts to the public. Born on February 9, 1963, in New York City, Greene has made significant contributions to the field of physics, particularly in the areas of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of spatial topology change.

Greene's academic journey began at Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics in 1984. He then attended Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, earning his DPhil in theoretical physics in 1987.

He started his teaching career at Cornell University in 1990, where he was appointed to a full professorship in 1995. The following year, Greene joined the faculty of Columbia University as a full professor, where he has been ever since. At Columbia, he is co-director of the university's Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP) and has been involved in research applying superstring theory to cosmological questions.

 

Geoffrey W. Sutton, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Psychology. He retired from a clinical practice and was credentialed in clinical neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. His website is  www.suttong.com

 

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