Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fabric of the Cosmos

Brian Greene will talk about his most recent book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, when he appears at the Spark speaker series on Feb. 28.
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.

(Excerpted from the publisher)

Reviews from around the country:

  • "…as dazzling as it is tough, and it beautifully reflects this theoretician's ardor for his work" (New York Times)

  • "…Greene reminds us, in many ways the profound mystery of the universe remains undiminished" (Discover magazine)

  • "…a profoundly original contribution to popular understanding not just of quantum theory, but of space-time, cosmology, the 'arrow of time', unification and the modern view of physical reality" (PhysicsWeb)

  • "…a wonderful book for the lay reader who wants to get a glimpse of what we theoretical physicists are thinking about" (American Scientist)

  • "…rewards the persistent reader with a panoramic vision of a vast and hidden universe" (Wired)

  • "Greene has a way of explaining things in terms that non-physicists can grasp" (Slashdot)

  • "One cannot help but feel more enlightened about our existence by better understanding the science behind it" (San Antonio Express-News)

  • "…with each chapter Greene unfolds layer after layer of physical reality that modern physics has discovered" (Curled Up with a Good Book)


At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this lecture be broadcast on KUT or KLRU at some point in the future?

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Spark said...

KLRU doesn't have the rights to rebroadcast this lecture so there are no plans to broadcast the lecture on KLRU or KUT.


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