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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.
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. Difficult concepts are made perfectly comprhensible in Brian Greene's magnificent writing... Read more
There are several excellent books, each worth reading, on superstrings and the exciting search for the Ultimate Theory. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jak Kornfilt
Brian Greene is awesome. This is the 2nd or 3rd book of his that I have read. Great read and very, very interesting.Published 11 days ago by Steven Smith
a complete tour of string theory and relativity. a bit technical, but worth the read and the attempt to understand a very esoteric subjectPublished 21 days ago by Russell E. Painton
In the first few pages of the first chapter he stated the big bang began as a point much smaller than a grain of sand and that electrons are "orbiting" the nucleus of... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Scott Roberts