Brian Greene is well-known for his general-level writings. His first book, The Elegant Universe, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and won Britain’s top prize for a book on science. His second book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, inspired the Washington Post to call him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Together with his most recent book, The Hidden Reality, Greene’s books have spent 68 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over two million copies worldwide.



The Elegant Universe

A rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains
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The Fabric of the Cosmos

An irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered
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The Hidden Reality

A remarkable adventure through a world more vast and strange than anything we could have imagined
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Icarus at the Edge of Time

A futuristic reimagining of the classic Greek myth, for younger audiences
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Brian Greene occasionally writes general interest editorials and essays for publications such as The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, Wired Magazine, and others.

The Detection of Gravitational Waves: What’s Next?

Smithsonian magazine, April 2016

The Detection of Gravitational Waves Was a Scientific Breakthrough, but What’s Next?
Scientists are sitting on top of the world after this monumental discovery and are eager to keep exploring the universe. Read more ›

The Theory of Relativity, Then and Now

Smithsonian Magazine, October, 2015

Albert Einstein’s breakthrough from a century ago was out of this world. Now it seems surprisingly down-to-earth. Read more ›

To Unlock Deflation Puzzle, Mind Your PV = nRT’s

New York Times, January 31, 2015

Yep, it’s for real. The law firm representing the N.F.L. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison) has reached out to Columbia University’s department of physics to recruit an expert on “gas physics” to help determine, as has been reported, the “environmental impacts on inflated footballs.” Read more ›


Read some of Brian Greene’s most popular articles from the past decade below

How the Higgs Boson Was Found

Smithsonian magazine, July 2013

Before the elusive particle could be discovered—a smashing success—it had to be imagined. Read more ›

Welcome to the Multiverse

Newsweek, May 21, 2012

Recently, the possibility of alternate universes has shifted from the outskirts of physics to the mainstream… Read more ›

Put a Little Science in Your Life

New York Times, June 1, 2008

A couple of years ago I received a letter from an American soldier in Iraq…the reason for his writing was to tell me that in that hostile and lonely environment, a book I’d written had become a kind of lifeline.

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That Famous Equation and You

New York Times, September 30, 2005

E = mc² has become the most recognized icon of the modern scientific era. Yet for all its symbolic worth, the equation’s intimate presence in everyday life goes largely unnoticed. There is nothing you can do, not a move you can make, not a thought you can have, that doesn’t tap directly into E = mc².

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“A perfect book for smart parents to read to smart children. Plus, it will make all concerned even smarter.”

Washington Post

“…a lucid, intriguing, and triumphantly understandable state-of-the-art look at the universe.”

Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

“Greene’s gravitational pull rivals a black hole’s”


“…a rare accomplishment in science writing for a popular audience.” (Best Books of the Month, January 2011)

“[A] remarkable book. Greene has brought an absorbing field of inquiry to vivid life.”


“…exciting and rewarding…captures and engages the imagination.”

New York Times

“…a wonderful way to coax your brain into a host of strange and unfamiliar domains.”

Boston Globe

“Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better.”

The Times (London)