The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryIn this refreshingly clear book, Brian Greene, a leading string theorist, relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind the search for the ultimate theory. String theory, as the author vividly describes, reveals a vision of the universe that is sending shock waves through the world of physics. Thrilling and revolutionary ideas such as new dimensions hidden within the fabric of space, black holes transmuting into elementary particles, rips and punctures in the spacetime continuum, gigantic universes interchangeable with minuscule ones, and a wealth of others are playing a pivotal role as physicists use string theory to grapple with some of the deepest questions of the ages. With authority and grace, The Elegant Universe introduces us to the discoveries and the remaining mysteries, the exhilaration and the frustrations of those who relentlessly probe the ultimate nature of space, time, and matter. 
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User Review  gypsysmom  LibraryThingAt long last I have finished this book. It took me a long time to read it, not because I didn't find it interesting, but because I needed to have periods of uninterrupted time to read and absorb the ... Read full review
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User Review  Zaid  GoodreadsBrian Green had put all his efforts to write this book as much simple as he can and he succeeded to do so.The way he describes the technical terms in this book with such a great simplicity is really ... Read full review
Contents
Tied Up with String  3 
The Dilemma of Space Time and the Quanta  21 
The Essentials of Superstring Theory  135 
The Super in Superstrings  166 
More Dimensions Than Meet the Eye  184 
Experimental Signatures  210 
Quantum Geometry  231 
Tearing the Fabric of Space  263 
In Search ofMTheory  283 
A StringIVLTheory Perspective  320 
Reflections on Cosmology  345 
Prospects  373 
Notes  389 
Glossary of Scientific Terms  413 
References and Suggestions for Further Reading  427 
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