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Despite the crazy title, this is an excellent popular account of string theory. As the astronomer Martin Rees writes in the foreword, For aliens, string theory may be a doddle. But for most of us humans, they are a Himalayan challenge. So, this book is to be welcomed, not only for explaining the physics in an easily assimilated way, but also for articulating why superstrings and the rest of fundamental physics matter at all. This is something that physicists themselves rarely do. Best of all, Musser, a staff editor and writer at Scientific American, tackles the controversial aspects of string theory, which have been the subject of much journalistic nonsense lately, and gets it all just about right.
Physics World, December 2008
is actually a thoroughly worthwhile read, doing as good a job as you could hope for in reducing the Gordian complexity of string theory into something that intelligent readers feel that they understand.
Physics Education, November 2008
George Musser is a staff editor and writer for Scientific American magazine. He was recently awarded the 2010 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award by the American Astronomical Society. He was the originator and one of the lead editors for the magazine's special issue "A Matter of Time" (Sept. 2002), which won a National Magazine Award for editorial excellence, and he coordinated the single-topic issue "Crossroads for Planet Earth" (Sept. 2005), which won a Global Media Award from the Population Institute and was a National Magazine Award finalist.
I confess I'm still slogging through the first half. So much new Information. A very good feature, is how this writer refers you to other parts of the book both material already... Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. Hinds
I'm still on the first CD, and I'm not sure if I can listen to much more.
The author is very short on details, and long winded on things that have nothing to do with string... Read more
This is a well-organized and clear exposition of the current approaches to developing a theory of quantum gravity that reconciles General Relatively and quantum mechanics.Published on August 1, 2013 by Toffee
Use of the word Idiot is just an attention-grabber of course. The author leads you with minimum difficulty to a satisfying basic knowledge of strings, if you are a pretty... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by James Bonhamton
not enough math for me. i've studied ordinary quantum field theory and although it's too difficult for me to do anything with, at least i can see how it works. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by cecil lubitz
Easy to understand. The author was very sucesseful in changhing a very difficult subjet in a readble and intriguing book.Published on January 29, 2013 by alceu