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Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time greebe a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene has set himself a daunting task: Paperbackpages.

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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene

I read this over a seven month period and most days only read a couple of pages. It was a great introduction for me who …more arcticlight, I agree totally. It was a great introduction for me who have only HS science from over 50 years ago. Is it engaging or it just throws at you facts without passion? Is it also easy to read? Prachi Arora Yes, it is very engaging, the complicated science sections are covered separately.

See all 4 questions about The Fabric of the Cosmos…. Lists with This Book. Mar 13, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like to talk shit about science sometimes. Sometimes it’s just to push people’s buttons and other times it’s because of the pop side of science is ridiculous you know like the studies that get quoted on your web-browsers start-up page, which may even be contradicted a few days from now by some other article, or all those fucking pharmaceutical ad’s on TV.

Hey, thanks Pfizer for helping make me a drug addict! I just made a slight at pop-science and that is hypocritical of me, it’s really the I like to talk shit about science sometimes. I just made a slight at pop-science and that is hypocritical of me, it’s really the only type of science I can understand and this book basically falls into that category, it’s a watered down version of real science so humanities idiots like me can understand concepts that they would stare open mouthed at if they had to read the actual articles about.

By the way, I loved this book! Starting with a seemingly simple problem or I would think it’s simple, but it took a few hundred years and Einstein to adequately understand it, apparently not that I could figure it out about why the water in a bucket pushes up against the side of the bucket when you spin the bucket around really fast, Brian Green creates a narrative I’m using this in it’s normal manner, not in the science as narrative way that I use it when I want to piss people off, this book is a history of science book in quite a few ways that shows how this bucket filled with some water paved the way for Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Uncertainty, the Big Bang, String Theory, M-Theory, Branes and other concepts that helped move forward theoretical understandings of the whole universe.

Oh, actually the underlying theme to the book is how do we understand the concepts of space and time, or spacetime, which is one of the problems of understanding why the water in the bucket does what it does when it is spun around.

Oh, did I mention I loved this book? I feel awkward giving it five stars because I lack the critical acumen to know if Brian Green is really telling the whole story, or if there is a huge bias here because I’m an idiot when it comes to matters like this. I felt like he was being fair though but maybe I was just dazzled by any of the mathematics he would throw into footnotes that I wouldn’t have the first idea on what to do with if someone handed me even the simplest one and asked me to solve it.


About a hundred pages into the book I had the realization that I should have been more interested in math and science growing up.

More exactly I had the realization that the way math and science were taught in the schools I attended did nothing to inspire me at all. I’m fairly certain that most people never use most of the information they learn in science classes. I’ve never had the need to know all the parts of a flower, but if I had been taught something about what went into discovering some of the biology of x or say about the real awesomeness of evolution I’d probably have perked up and gotten interested.

Or maybe learned about the difficulties still facing scientists when dealing with the subatomic level, and the weirdness of quantum uncertainty and entanglement might have gotten me more interested and wanting to know more in a chemistry class than endlessly learning how to balance electrons between elements or whatever that fruitless exercise was called. I know these details are really important to doing science, but without any reason to care about wanting to know about science this is all just monumental busy work.

Shouldn’t it be the job of schools to get kids to care and wanting to learn rather than forcing meaningless facts onto them? This rantish aside about the misguided importance pedological approach? It’s too late now, and I’m too dumb in too many areas of knowledge but I should have been a theoretical physicist. That is what I realized reading this book. I wish someone had told me about the weird shit these people try to figure out, explained who Parmenides was and the basic gist of his Poem was, and then told me I could work on these problems for the rest of my life if I started to pay attention in math class and gave a shit about my science classes, that there was cool stuff I’d get to later on.

Parmenides is never mentioned in this book, but at almost every step through the book he kept popping into my mind.

He’s my reoccurring fascination. His tejifo of the everything just being One at first glance is so silly. I remember the first time reading Zeno’s Paradoxes he was Parmenides student and thinking they were just silly games with words, obviously something moves faster than something else and can over come it.

Obviously an arrow shot at a target eventually hits it. But sometime greens after my immediate annoyance at these kinds of meaningless games something clicked in me and I started to try to think through what Parmenides could mean by the whole universe being an unchanging, undivisible, timeless thing.

A point, if you would. On one level Parmenides can be thought of as the logical foil to the pre-Socratic materialists, the voice that says your theory is nice but what about x?

I don’t buy into cosmis idea that was Parmenides only goal though. Unfortunately it’s pretty much impossible to know exactly what Parmenides thought, because of thanks to those motherfucking Christians and Moslems you know for their multiple burnings of the Library of Alexandria and Christians for their wanton destruction of ‘heretical’ literature we have only a scant few fragments left from Parmenides work, and most of it is second hand from the post-Socratic arch-materialist Aristotle materialist meaning something sort of different in the Ancient Greek sense than one would think of a materialist today.

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Are you bored yet? Anyway, back to Parmenides, I don’t buy the idea that his role was only as foil, or goad to the materialists to make their theories more logically consistent.

Socrates is bested only twice in the dialogues. First as a young man by Parmenides of Elea the guy I’ve been writing about in Parmenides and second by the Eleatic Stranger in The Sophist and The Statesman these two dialogues are like a part one and part two to each other. The appearance of the Eleatic Stranger is in the two dialogues that come at the end of Socrates life, before the series of dialogues that make up the trial and death of Socrates.

In both instances Socrates is bested in his arguments by the philosophy coming from Elea. Why is the only person who Plato allows to give Socrates a philosophical beat-down either Parmenides or a stand in for him?


Parmenides himself couldn’t be in a chronologically later dialogue, since he was an old man when Socrates was a youth. Anyway, long story that doesn’t mean too much to anyone probably, but to sum it up Parmenides has been an thought game for me for years now, and many of the ideas that I’ve had to reconcile what Parmenides means I find in this fucking book, there are people who are seriously considering some of the logical games I play in my head about cosmology, but they have math and ways of actually coming up with answers!

I haven’t done a good job at it, but to me this is so exciting.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

It’s like all of the crazy shit that philosophers have thought up over the years can be actually studied and not just argued about using a mismash of concepts and logic, but possibly measured and articulated with math and shit!

This book is like a validation to the stuff I think about when I’m not just wallowing in self-pity or being sad. Of course, I knew that a lot of this stuff existed before reading this book, but I had no idea what any of it really meant. I just took the words and applied common meanings to them.

Oh, everything is interconnected with vibrating strings. That’s not what String Theory means. Multi-dimensions, you mean like people could be living in a dimension almost on top of me that I don’t see because I don’t have access to those dimensions, but one day maybe we could, right?

No, actually even if the dimensions are big, the word big is being used on a microscopic scale, like the width of a piece of hair big, as opposed to small as in so small we have nothing that can see it. I realized that most of the ways books in the new age section use science terms to validate their ideas and how they claim to be drawing on cutting edge research is bullshit, that they are just picking terms out and using them in ways to sell books on hokum.

I realized reading this book that I wish I wasn’t so stupid grreene that I could at least understand this stuff at more than in a non-technical watered down way. View all 19 comments. Jan 30, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: Einstein was in on the joke at the start, but ended up thinking it had all gone on for far too long.

Frynman introduced some slapstick into the equations in a fine American tradition — but, as always, it takes an Irishman John Bell to put the final touches on the comedy and to make it truly surreal. This is quite some book so far.

In fact, I have many problems with modern physics and believe that the only way I could really understand it more would be to go back and finish off a degree in this stuff. My problem is tekido by the fact that it seems that every time there is a problem in Physics we are having trouble solving we just make up something invisible to solve it. Universe not expanding fast enough?

Stuff it full of dark matter. Bring back the Cosmological Constant. Having trouble with quantum theory? Having trouble explaining the vibrations of one dimensional strings? Vibrate them in 11 dimensional space.

Bring back the Ether, I say. Physics never seems to do tejidoo by half. Even cosmic inflation seems to have inflated the universe to a ridiculous extent in the first nanosecond of the universe. It is so far divorced from my limited understanding that to express an opinion really just makes me feel incredibly ignorant. It is a pity physics has become so esoteric — I would like to be one of its great defenders, to use it as a basis to understand the universe, but I come away from these books feeling someone is having me on.