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

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (2004) by Brian Green

The book Fabric of the Cosmos takes the reader on a fantastic journey through space and time that is, in essence, "out of this world." In five major sections the physicist, author, and documentary film maker Brian Greene builds a working model of the universe that readers who might be unfamiliar with modern physics will be able to understand. Only a basic understanding of mathematics is required.

The main focus of the book is on the nature of space-time (the macro-universe) and quantum mechanics (the micro-universe). The author starts out with a discussion of classical/Newtonian physics and then builds on that foundation to explain the nature of space and time using the theories of special and general relativity as developed by Albert Einstein. The author then switches gears to discuss the micro-universe using the theory of quantum mechanics. The book states that there are unresolved theoretical problems between the theory of relativity and the theory of quantum mechanics, and Mr. Greene introduces string theory as an attempt to create coherence between the two disciplines of physics.

Additional topics covered in the book are the big bang theory, entropy, dark matter, dark energy and the Higgs boson. Finally, this book proved to be so popular when it was originally published that it was made into a four-hour NOVA series on PBS.

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