Until the End of Time

Until the End of Time : Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

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From the world-renowned physicist and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose

In both time and space, the cosmos is astoundingly vast, and yet is governed by simple, elegant, universal mathematical laws.

On this cosmic timeline, our human era is spectacular but fleeting. Someday, we know, we will all die. And, we know, so too will the universe itself.

Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in story, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the timeless, or eternal. Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality-from the quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes-Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed.

Yet all this understanding, which arose with the emergence of life, will dissolve with its conclusion. Which leaves us with one realization: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning.

Let us embark.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 40mm | 685g
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 024129598X
  • 9780241295984
  • 991

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A cracking read...Greene serves up plenty of revelatory detail... If you want to know how everything got here and where it's going, read this book. Stephen Bleach Sunday Times
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If extraterrestrials landed tomorrow and demanded to know what the human mind is capable of accomplishing, we could do worse than to hand them a copy of this book * The New York Times (on The Hidden Reality) * Few living writers write so lucidly ... Greene might be the best intermediary I've found between the sparkling, absolute zero world of mathematics and the warm, clumsy world of human language * Boston Globe * The new Hawking only better * The Times * He is both a skilled and kindly explicator. His excitement for science on the threshold of vital breakthroughs is extremely contagious * The New York Times * A writer of exceptional clarity and charm -- Oliver Sacks Until the End of Time is encyclopedic in its ambition and its erudition, often heartbreaking, stuffed with too many profundities that I wanted to quote, as well as anecdotes from Greene's own life - of which we should wish for more - that had me laughing ... A love letter to the ephemeral cosmic moment when everything is possible. -- Dennis Overbye * New York Times * A cracking read...Greene serves up plenty of revelatory detail... If you want to know how everything got here and where it's going, read this book. -- Stephen Bleach * Sunday Times *
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About Brian Greene

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics and director of Columbia University's Center for Theoretical Physics, and is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. His bestselling books include The Elegant Universe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, and The Fabric of the Cosmos.
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