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

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

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.

Title:Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
ISBN:9780241295984
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  • Jen

    Are you the type of person who gets teary eyed from thinking about a cosmos studded with stars that are constantly engaged in thermonuclear bickering with a relentless gravitational crush? Well, hold ...

  • Brian Clegg

    Things start well with this latest title from Brian Greene: after a bit of introductory woffle we get into an interesting introduction to entropy. As always with Greene's writing, this is readable, ch...

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    Problems with the physicalist approach to Big HistoryBig history is a specific approach to history that examines the universe and the human story at its largest possible scales, from the big bang to t...

  • Radiantflux

    26th book for 2020.This came across as an interesting, but somewhat poorly constructed book.The early chapters on the physics of entropy were interesting, but then we suddenly had chapters on language...

  • Susan

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.In the fullness of time all that lives will die.That is the first sentence of the first chapter of Brian Greenes new book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, ...

  • Alex

    My interest in books on epistemology and cosmology is a personal and emotional one as much as an intellectual one. Why do I have my particular perspective on the universe given a world with almost ten...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    Brian Greene is a really good popularizer and here he covers our past and future in the universe. From origins, how earth formed, how life started consciousness and language and human creativity and ...

  • Charlene

    "It is likely that you don't consider yourself to be a steam engine or perhaps even a physical contraption. I, too, only rarely use those terms to describe myself." ~ Brian GreeneThe above quote and s...

  • Anima

    [] The appeal of a law of nature might be its timeless quality. But what drives us to seek the timeless, to search for qualities that may last forever? Perhaps it all comes from our singular awareness...

  • R. Gordon

    This was one of the most meaningful books I have ever read. At first I was skeptical that anyone could, in a single volume, do justice to not only cosmological history but find a means for convincingl...