The Elegant Universe

Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Paperback, 464 pages

English language

Published Oct. 11, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company.

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978-0-393-33810-2
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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 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.

Today, physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small--General Relativity and Quantum Theory--is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical โ€ฆ

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Beautifully written- I am currently a sophomore in high school whose father read this book years ago and has been waiting for me to reach an age where I could begin to understand it. I will admit that much of this book flew over my head before discussing it with my dad, but it was always written in ways that I could wrap my head around (to the highest extent one can wrap their mind around physics not explained by math).
Do I think this is the ultimate theory? Maybe not quite. Do I think that everything in this book is 100% true? No, there's certainly quite a bit that's not there and a lot of speculation and trust in things that haven't been proven (but I suppose religion got quite far there, so why not string theory?). Do I enjoy a good theoretical read? Absolutely. Is Brian Greene a โ€ฆ

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