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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.
Brian Greene is fascinating and absorbing, book came quickly and in very good conditionPublished 1 day ago by Bramble
Brian is one of the top Physicists of our day and is very easy to understand. PaulPublished 5 days ago by Paul K. Bowden
Mr. Brian Greene has done a marvelous job at publishing a book about the most head-achy subject in recent years (Newton to Einstein to Bohr to Witten): Quantum Mechanics,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Derek Ly
Very clear writing style with explanations that expand your understanding and trigger insights at every turn. Read morePublished 13 days ago by G. Lewis
I am a retired lawyer who wanted to understand the basics of string theory- who knows why. It is hard work. The book generally succeeds when Mr. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Roadhouse
Good attempt at teaching a very difficult subject to a non-physicist. I would say, you'd better have at least a BS in some science area to understand the writing.Published 22 days ago by Heidar