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The fabric of the cosmos : space, time, and the texture of reality

Author: B Greene
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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? The author 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: B Greene
ISBN: 0375412883 9780375412882 0375727205 9780375727207
OCLC Number: 52854030
Description: xii, 569 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Brian Greene.
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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? The author 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, Green shows how recent cutting-edge developments in super-string and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in the vibrant eleven-dimensional "multiverse," pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

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