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Recommendation highly recommends this excellent introduction to theoretical physics, which is accessible to any determined reader, even those with no mathematical and little scientific background. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Brian Greene is scrupulous about clarity, and has a gift for metaphor that makes it possible for him to discuss even the most abstruse, esoteric physics with skill, clarity and wit. Readers will discover baffling wonders that flatly contradict ordinary quotidian experience, and will come to realize that what they perceive as real is anything but real. Moreover, they will learn that physicists seem to have a great deal more success at demonstrating what is not real than at discovering what is. The most commonplace things - the difference between yesterday and tomorrow, between here and there - continue to baffle the greatest minds in science. Now you can begin to understand why.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to approach theoretical physics;
  • How physicists discovered that what seems to be real is not; and
  • How they have also discovered that what is real is scarcely imaginable.

About the Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Elegant Universe.



Appearances Are Deceiving
Reality is not what we perceive it to be. That is the fundamental lesson of the past six centuries of scientific inquiry. The second lesson seems to be that we are far from knowing what reality is. Contemporary physics challenges almost all of our ordinary assumptions...

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    George Thiruvathukal 3 years ago
    Decent summary of key conclusions. But the important part is how we get to those conclusions - the derivations are what explain how these conclusions are important and useful. So, kind of just whet my appetite to read the whole book.

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