The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory"[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 matterfrom the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovasis 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 writinga delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works. 
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Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
User Review  Jacob Rowe  GoodreadsOne of my favourite physics books. The first half is very understandable, going through the foundations of relativity and quantum mechanics. The second half gets very complex, but this introduction to ... Read full review
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User Review  Victoria  GoodreadsBeautiful  a generous explanation of modern physics in a way that is accessible and awe inspiring. Read full review
Contents
The Edge if Knowledge  3 
The Dilemma of Space Time and the Quanta  23 
The Cosmic Symphony  132 
String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime  228 
Unification in the TwentyFirst Century  373 
Notes  389 
Glossary of Scientific Terms  413 
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