The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryThe 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  GoodreadsThis is a very wellwritten and deep book explaining string theory to people. I had to read it at a slower pace because the only filler is the historical anecdotes around the science. As a result, the ... Read full review
Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
User Review  Syed Ashrafulla  GoodreadsThis is a very wellwritten and deep book explaining string theory to people. I had to read it at a slower pace because the only filler is the historical anecdotes around the science. As a result, the ... 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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