Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene


I am a sucker for physics. While I have no facility for math, I am completely seduced by the concepts of cosmology, particle physics, string theory, multiple dimensions and all that magical thinking that physicists use to study reality. I found this audiobook while browsing for something to listen to on a drive, and spent several weeks listening and re-listening to one of the best explanations of the state of the art in physics today.

Green starts The Fabric of the Cosmos with Newton and Einstein, but brings us far into the present. His writing is clear, understandable and, most importantly, humorous. He presents some of the most complex ideas in ways that will make sense to even the most un-scientific mind. Greene's previous book, The Elegant Universe, was made into a three part NOVA special on PBS.

If you're at all interested in the progress of physics, you will enjoy this great audiobook, read by Michael Prichard. Prichard isn't my favorite reader, but this book is so interesting and so well written that it doesn't matter who reads it.

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