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Until the End of Time

Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
Narrated by: Brian Greene
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this 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 time line, 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 realisation: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning. Let us embark.

©2020 Brian Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Too existencial poetic crap

Its just too poetic, its all these existential quotes and too wordy. you really can't concentrate on it because he has used a thesaurus on every second word, so its hard to keep up and there isnt enough science on it. Cant really finish it. Left it half read. He mentions authors by the first name as if we are supposed to know who they are without explaining who that is and what he has written. It just isnt my thing i guess. nothing like a Richard Fineman or richard dawkins or stephen hawkins where they can get a complicated thing and explain it simply, he makes a simple thing sound very complicated to make himself sound smarter. Pissed me off because i wanted to buy a neil de grasse tyson book.

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Nothing new, just a rehash

I was a fan ofRi Brian Green having read his elegant Universe. Unfortunately this book is pretentious and says nothing new. His proposition that quantum mechanics means that human thoughts are determined by quantum process may be correct.But to the say that this means we have no free will is absurd.This point is one of self contradiction when in book end he talks about subjectivity of the human mind. He should read Victor Frankl

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too much philosophy

looking for physics found philosophy. Not what I was looking for. The physics parts were good though

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enjoyable listen

Brian greene is a great story teller, physics is good and easy to follow, philosophy was pretty lightweight and feel good, was expecting more of it based off his JR interview

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Puts things in perspective!

A tour de force across a diverse range of topics in time, life and timelessness!

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Another great book by Prof. Green.

Really enjoyable and thought provoking. A superb reflection on the cosmos with multiple perspectives explored and explained.