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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.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in physics.
Greene does an excellent job of making the subject interesting, and explaining it about as clearly as anyone could do with such a complex topic.
If you are of that mind, then I think you will, like me, walk away from this book full of renewed awe and wonder at the world around us.
difficult but readable if you are interested in advanced sciencePublished 9 days ago by Gerald and Dorothy Barron
Clear enough lay explanation for the basis of string theory and the generally fascinating subjects of quantum uncertainty, the origins of the universe and the nature of matter. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Anthony W Kelly
Was as described and shipped promptly. Am a chemist and first time in 40 years I've been able to grasp some of the more challenging concepts. great communicator/scientist. Read morePublished 16 days ago by John Haluszczak
Excellent book by a master. Readable by non physicists and non mathematicians.
I have started The Fabric of the Cosmos. Read more
First: the best primer on physics I've read. A fast, clear, not too deep and comprehensible explanation on classic physics and relativity; a very good explanation of the (highly... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Molocrom
I would rather see his video on Youtube - Multiverse, State of String Theory, etc. Nothing substantive in the book which you can't learn from his videos. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tasawar Jalali
Dr. Greene explains things that I want to understand better, in a way that a non-scientist enjoys.Published 1 month ago by Ben Homer
I'm a physics neophyte and am still struggling to understand some basic concepts outlined in this book, but WITH this book I feel like I at least have a shot at increasing my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy H Adams