The Fabric of the Cosmos

  • by Brian Greene
  • Narrated by Erik Davies
  • 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 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.


What the Critics Say

"Nobody ever said that cosmology was simple, not even Stephen Hawking, in whose tradition Dr. Greene impressively follows....He is both a skilled and kindly explicator....The Fabric of the Cosmos is as dazzling as it is tough." (The New York Times)
"It will be enjoyable and stimulating for the lay reader, who will even learn about time travel and teleportation. This is one popular-science book that won't be left on the coffee table half read." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Avoid the abridged version

I mistakenly bought the abridged version and it is impossible to follow unless you already have a good background in the subject. This book covers the most mind boggling discoveries of science but with so little depth that all you are left with are ludicrous metaphors. I was hopelessly lost and gave up after an hour. I skimmed the book in the bookstore to see if the unabridged text is better. It makes a lot more sense and is also more interesting then this badly edited version. It's just not possible with material of this nature to cut out 2/3 of it and be left with something coherent.
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- Dylan

Excellent - for an abridged version

Fascinating summary of the topic. I would like to have bought the unabridged version, but (sorry, Mr. Pritchard) I agree that the narrator's voice is more than reminiscent of a 1950s educational documentary or newsreel. This is a worthwhile alternative.
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- Christine Schlattner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio