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About the Author

Brian Greene was born on February 9, 1963 in New York City. After attending Stuyvesant High School, where he was a classmate of fellow physicist Lisa Randall. Brian Greene entered Harvard in 1980 to major in physics. He graduated with a bachelor's degree, and went on to earn his doctorate from show more Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, graduating in 1987. Greene joined the physics faculty of Cornell University in 1990, and was appointed to a full professorship in 1995. The following year, he joined the staff of Columbia University as a full professor; this remains his current position. At Columbia, Greene is co-director of the University's Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), and is leading a research program applying superstring theory to cosmological questions. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public, The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and a related PBS television special. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Brian Greene

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The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contributor — 793 copies
The Meaning of Relativity (1922) — Introduction — 713 copies
McSweeney's Issue 3: Windfall Republic (1999) — Interview — 94 copies
NOVA: The Elegant Universe [2003 TV miniseries] (2003) — Host / Original book — 48 copies
NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos [2011 TV series] (2011) — Host / Original book — 13 copies


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The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene - drneutron tutoring bell7 in 75 Books Challenge for 2012 (July 2016)
Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene - drneutron tutoring LizzieD in 75 Books Challenge for 2012 (August 2012)


I read this string theory & quantum physics stuff & it is so far removed from our everyday lived experiences that I cannot wrap my head around it. I feel as though there will come a breakthrough of much greater simplicity.
BBrookes | 80 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |
First, despite being 20 years old, this book isn't particularly dated. Lots of questions about string theory still remain.

Greene writes very clearly as he describes first the theories of Einstein and of Quantum Mechanics, then why they don't reconcile with each other and how string theory brings them together--at least in theory. As a non-scientist, I am still not 100 percent certain how physicists can derive so many facts from an unproven theory, but Greene explains things about as well as it is possible to do so. I found it a compelling and not particularly difficult read. Before I read the book, I had watched Greene's PBS series based on it (and Greene's second PBS series based on his later book, The Fabric of the Cosmos.) This predisposed me to like the book and its author, since Greene's star power and ability to communicate complex ideas quite clearly is pretty amazing. If you're buying this book used, try to get a copy with the updated preface and epilogue.… (more)
datrappert | 80 other reviews | Aug 23, 2023 |
Green is one of the best at explaining concepts of science.
mykl-s | 80 other reviews | Aug 11, 2023 |
Not bad, but probably the most difficult book I have ever read. I think I understood about 10% of it.
zeh | 80 other reviews | Jun 3, 2023 |



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