The Fabric of the Cosmos

Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

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? 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 instantaneously coordinate their behavior, 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.

Praise for The Fabric of the Cosmos

“Send[s] the reader’s imagination hurtling through the universe on an astonishing ride…He is both a skilled and kindly explicator. His excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is extremely contagious.”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“As pure intellectual adventure, this is about as good as it gets…Even compared with A Brief History of Time, Greene’s book stands out for its sweeping ambitions…stripping down the mystery from difficult concepts without watering down the science.”

“Greene is as elegant as ever, cutting through the fog of complexity with insight and clarity. Space and time, you might even say, become putty in his hands.”
Los Angeles Times

“Highly informed, lucid and witty…There is simply no better introduction to the strange wonders of general relativity and quantum mechanics, the fields of knowledge essential for any real understanding of space and time.”

“The author’s informed curiosity is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious.”
Kansas City Star

“Mind-bending…[Greene] is both a gifted theoretical physicist and a graceful popularizer [with] virtuoso explanatory skills.”
The Oregonian

“Brian Greene is the new Hawking, only better.”
The Times (London)

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

“Greene is an excellent teacher, humorous and quick…Read [to your friends] the passages of this book that boggle your mind. (You may find yourself reading them every single paragraph.)”
The Boston Globe

“Inexhaustibly witty…a must-read for the huge constituency of lay readers enticed by the mysteries of cosmology.”
The Sunday Times

“Forbidding formulas no longer stand between general readers and the latest breakthroughs in physics: the imaginative gifts of one of the pioneers making these breakthroughs has now translated mathematical science into accessible analogies drawn from everyday life and popular culture…Nonspecialists will relish this exhilarating foray into the alien terrain that is our own universe.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Holds out the promise that we may one day explain how space and time have come to exist.”

“Greene takes us to the limits of space and time.”
The Guardian

Exciting stuff…Introduces the reader to the mind-boggling landscape of cutting-edge theoretical physics, where mathematics rules supreme.”
The News & Observer

“One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking popular science books to have emerged in the last few years.  The Elegant Universe was a Pulizter Prize finalist. The Fabric of the Cosmos deserves to win it.”
Physics World

“In the space of 500 readable pages, Greene has brought us to the brink of the twenty-first-century- physics with the minimum of fuss.”
The Herald

“If anyone can popularize tough science, it’s Greene.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Greene is a marvelously talented exponent of physics…A pleasure to read.”

“Magnificent…sends shivers down the spine.”
Financial Times

“This is popular science writing of the highest order…Greene [has an] unparalleled ability to translate the higher mathematics into everyday language and images, through the adept use of metaphor and analogy, and crisp, witty prose…He not only makes concepts clear, but explains why they matter.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)