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Superstring theory has been called "a part of 21st-century physics that fell by chance into the 20th century." In other words, it isn't all worked out yet. Despite the uncertainties--"string theorists work to find approximate solutions to approximate equations"--Greene gives a tour of string theory solid enough to satisfy the scientifically literate.
Though Ed Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study is in many ways the human hero of The Elegant Universe, it is not a human-side-of-physics story. Greene's focus throughout is the science, and he gives the nonspecialist at least an illusion of understanding--or the sense of knowing what it is that you don't know. And that is traditionally the first step on the road to knowledge. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is a wonderful overview of an emerging universe which continues to astound and perplex. It is a very readable history of how theoretical physics has arrived at its... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Steven
Talk about living up to hype. This is a superb piece of popular science writing, and a fittingly challenging one. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Librum
I read it twice and recommended it, but there is much in it that I did not understand. Nevertheless,
it is a terrific experience of what some contemporary physics is about.
This is a very good book that lays out the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and special/general relativity and moves on to string theory and how they relate to each other. Read morePublished 19 days ago by William Austin Ing
Anyone who is the least bit curious about the Cosmos or any of the complex and confusing modern day theories and science. This is a must have book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by William W. Hammond
Great book. Very interesting and enjoyable. The concepts seem to be less clear than in Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos". Read morePublished 25 days ago by MJ Schaefer
The author does a good job of dealing with difficult subject matter. Metaphors help to make very abstract concepts more accessible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet Ashman
Il gives an extensive overview of the various theories that have emerged in the last century to describe the motions of the planetes and of the basic particles: from deep space to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Fourgeaud
What I could understand, not a physics student, was awesome.Published 1 month ago by Nancy J. Campbell