The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

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Vintage Books, 1999 - Science - 448 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

This book has a bit of age on it now, but is still the best introduction to super string theory and m-theory I've ever read. I love the author's conversational style. Highly recommended! Read full review

Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

User Review  - David Schvartzman - Goodreads

Ive been reading several books on RT/QM like "Relativity Simply explained [Martin Gardner]", "Alice in Quantum Land" etc. but this is so far the best i have read. the scenarios that Brian sets are ... Read full review

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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
References and Suggestions for Further Reading
426
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\Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.  He lives in New York City.

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