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Brian Greene: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Rivka Galchen

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In this exclusive Kindle Singles Interview, celebrated physicist and author Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) discusses the origins of string theory, Einstein's cosmological misstep, how to picture the nothingness of empty space, the triumph of the Higgs boson, and how a baseball hanging from the ceiling by a piece of chewing gum became a pivotal moment in his scientific career. Greene, who recently launched World Science U, which offers free online science courses, explains what it is that's so "elegant" about string theory while lamenting the possible limits of what dogs (and by implication humans) can ever hope to understand about the universe.

The interview was conducted by Rivka Galchen, an acclaimed fiction writer and journalist, named by The New Yorker as one of 20 Writers Under 40.

Cover design by Adil Dara Kim.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fascinating interview with Brian Greene 2 avril 2014
Par J. Chambers - Publié sur
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A fascinating interview with Brian Greene

I've read two of Brian Greene's books—The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos—and even though there was much that I didn't understand, he's arguably one of the best scientists in the world at explaining extremely complex concepts in theoretical physics to interested non-physicists. The interview by Rivka Galchen is a fascinating look at Brian Greene, both the man and his cutting-edge work in physics. It's a wide-ranging interview. Some of my favorite responses included:

* The 40-year saga of the Higgs boson, from Peter Higgs's first paper on the theoretical particle (which was rejected for publication) to the validation of its existence by the Large Hadron Collider in 2012.
* The story of how Einstein, one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century, was so locked into the conventional belief in a static universe that he did not trust his own mathematical equations of general relativity, going so far as to revise the theory by adding a "cosmological constant" to the equations. Twelve years later, he learned what a serious error that was.
* If you're worried about the Large Hadron Collider creating a black hole that will suck up the world, you can stop worrying.
* Is mathematics real in the sense that it's woven into the fabric of the cosmos, or is it something that we invent and impose upon it? The interview involved mathematics in a number of responses, but in a fairly nontechnical way.

It's a fascinating interview, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about modern physics and cosmology. The interview is aimed at laymen, so don't be scared off by the prospects of page after page of long mathematical equations. In fact, there's only one equation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful Interview 8 avril 2014
Par Book Shark - Publié sur
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Brian Greene: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single) by Rivka Galchen

“Brian Greene: The Kindle Singles Interview" is a very entertaining and educational interview with renowned physicist, author and educator Brian Greene. The brief interview covered a number of topics, including: the Higgs boson, nothingness, the reality of math, the cosmological constant, string theory, the general theory of relativity, and the limits of what we can know about our universe. The interview was conducted by journalist Rivka Galchen. This stimulating 35-page book covers all these topics and then some.

1. An engaging brief interview.
2. Brian Greene is an interesting topic on his own.
3. Galchen does a good job of covering a lot of interesting subjects in a short period of time.
4. The purpose of string theory. “In string theory, unified theory, we’re really trying to understand the structures of space and time on the deepest possible level.”
5. The meaning of elegance in science. “I in particular, take elegance to reflect the mathematical power of an equation to describe a large swath of reality and yet do it from a few symbols on a piece of paper.”
6. The power of the general theory of relativity. “So this most beautiful of all 20th century discoveries, the general theory of relativity, pops out from string theory which is just an amazing thing to realize.”
7. The importance of math. “You could actually use mathematics to describe the external world.”
8. Can space be ripped? Find out.
9. Is math real? “So, I don’t know if math is real in the sense that it’s woven into the fabric of the cosmos, or if it’s something that we invent and impose upon it. I don’t know.”
10. What science is? “Science is a way of life that allows for a rational evaluation of all that you experience to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s true and what’s not.”
11. Greene discusses his educational platform for people to enjoy science.
12. Reality. “Your intuition is an incredibly poor guide to the deep reality that’s out there, and special relativity is the first time you encounter that.”
13. An interesting look at nothingness and how it differs from empty space.
14. A brief look at the Large Hadron Collider.
15. Examples of how science ideas become mainstream knowledge from experimental verification.
16. An inexpensive and brief drop of knowledge.

1. With a scientist of Brian Greene’s pedigree I was hoping for even more content.
2. It wasn’t as provocative as I was hoping for. Not a single question on religion or his views on how politics impacts science.
3. In such a short interview don’t expect depth.
4. No notes, appendices or additional material.

In summary, despite its brevity I really enjoyed this interview. The interview covered many modern science topics in an accessible manner. Greene makes science fun and enlightening and is known for his ability to make esoteric topics accessible to the masses. This Kindle Single is an excellent appetizer for the layperson. I wished the interview had included some provocative questions (perhaps at no fault of the author as Greene may have considered some topics off limits) and more content but it will do. I recommend it!

Further recommendations: “The Elegant Universe” and “Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene, “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Andrew Thomas, “Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth” by Jim Baggott, “Spectrums” by David Blatner, “A Universe From Nothing” by Lawrence M. Krauss, “About Time” by Adam Frank, “Higgs Discovery” and “Warped Passages” by Lisa Randall, “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, “The Quantum Universe” by Brian Cox, “The Blind Spot” by William Byers, and “The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning” and “God and the Atom” by Victor Stenger.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Left me wanting more! 26 avril 2014
Par L. Figueroa - Publié sur
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The book left me wanting more. I truly enjoyed it and searched out the web site mentioned (get the book to find out) and listen/view free courses on String Theory and Relativity and much more. I immediately went in search of more science and math material since the topics discussed whet my appetite and peaked my interest. This was my first book where a well-known scientist and author is interviewed. It is great to get a sense of their personality and interests and comments on the field of science. It reminded me of why I love science and math history books and should get back to reading more material in that area.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 enlighten me 28 juin 2014
Par Bonney Ely - Publié sur
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Another good teacher combining string theory and physics so one can comprehend clearly the larger universe. He keeps your attention..
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting but not earth-shattering 16 mai 2014
Par Eric - Publié sur
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The most interesting concept to come out of this interview is that space can tear, be "cut" or ripped. I still have no idea what is missing when Greene talks about understanding the math of string theory better, that features are missing. I picture it in my head as a 3D object, like a map of neurons, composed of yellow mathematical symbols when you zoom in on a any one piece and I'm guessing the picture isn't yet complete let alone resembling anything recognizable or elegant and still requires number crunchers like Greene to finish the tapestry but something is standing in their way or slowing them down. Big numbers I would assume but he never really says. I'd also like to better understand the implications of the Higgs Field and what it means in the bigger picture, what could we do with it if we had an anti-boson device? Travel space or other dimensions in the blink of an eye? Phase through solid objects? I don't know but I want to and that is Greene's greatest gift.
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