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The fabric of the cosmos : space, time, and the texture of reality
Brian Greene
Adult Nonfiction QB982 .G74 2004

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Prefacep. ix
Part I - Reality's Arena
1. - Roads to Reality: Space, Time, and Why Things Are as They Arep. 3
2. - The Universe and the Bucket: Is Space a Human Abstraction or a Physical Entity?p. 23
3. - Relativity and the Absolute: Is Spacetime an Einsteinian Abstraction or a Physical Entity?p. 39
4. - Entangling Space: What Does It Mean to Be Separate in a Quantum Universe?p. 77
Part II - Time and Experience
5. - The Frozen River: Does Time Flow?p. 127
6. - Chance and the Arrow: Does Time Have a Direction?p. 143
7. - Time and the Quantum: Insights into Time's Nature from the Quantum Realmp. 177
Part III - Spacetime and Cosmology
8. - Of Snowflakes and Spacetime: Symmetry and the Evolution of the Cosmosp. 219
9. - Vaporizing the Vacuum: Heat, Nothingness, and Unificationp. 251
10. - Deconstructing the Bang: What Banged?p. 272
11. - Quanta in the Sky with Diamonds: Inflation, Quantum Jitters, and the Arrow of Timep. 304
Part IV - Origins and Unification
12. - The World on a String: The Fabric According to String Theoryp. 327
13. - The Universe on a Brane: Speculations on Space and Time in M-Theoryp. 376
Part V - Reality and Imagination
14. - Up in the Heavens and Down in the Earth: Experimenting with Space and Timep. 415
15. - Teleporters and Time Machines: Traveling Through Space and Timep. 437
16. - The Future of an Allusion: Prospects for Space and Timep. 470
Notesp. 495
Glossaryp. 537
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 543
Indexp. 545

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