The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe

Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

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"[Greene] develops one fresh new insight after another...In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat." --George Johnson, The New York Times Book Review

In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

Green uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling.    Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

Baker & Taylor
An accomplished professor of physics and mathematics unravels the complexities of superstring theory for the average reader in a lucid and entertaining account, using analogies from everyday life to explain the elegant underlying principles of the universe. Reissue. (A NOVA mini-series, airing on PBS in January/February 2003, hosted by Brian Greene) (Science & Mathematics)

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& Taylor

Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780375708114
0375708111
Branch Call Number: 539.72 Greene 2000
Characteristics: xiii, 448 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Daveinportland
Aug 29, 2016

Sometimes I had a hard time following it, but I did come away with a much better understanding of String Theory and some of the nuts and bolts. I would recommend it.

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TechWriter1
Aug 05, 2016

Much of the string theory was over my head but I enjoyed getting a general sense of what it's about.

jlau7371 Aug 19, 2012

Honestly, I was not too zealous about reading this book, but I had no choice because it was my summer reading book. I am very indolent when it comes to reading genres I do not like, so I did not bother reading it until I realized I had no other books to read at home. So, I gave it a try. It contains many challenging vocabulary words and it made it difficult. Thankfully, it contained a scientific glossary filled with terms mentioned in the story. Deciding not to give up because of one hindrance, I read on longer and realized how true and interesting the boom really was.

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lightbytheway
Dec 08, 2010

Challenging!

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John_M
Jul 07, 2010

Lots of details about relativity, quantum theory and string theory. I do not know if it is possible to get any sort of intuitive appreciation of string theory, but I did not get this from this book.

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Ichérō
Dec 08, 2007

Greene does an admirable job laying out the difficulties in unifying Einstein's special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics: what to do about gravity? Greene is a leading proponent and populizer of string theory.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2000 Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.

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