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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 11, 2010 - Science - 464 pages
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The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.

Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven 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. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing 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  - Glenn Crouch - Goodreads

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I found it a good way to "catch up" with what has been going on in Physics and Cosmology over the last 20 or so years - especially given that I knew very ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ann Alton - Goodreads

Way, way over my head. But that's nit the author's fault... Read full review

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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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Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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