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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.
I haven't read too much so far, but I will honestly say I love the history of science in this book and the reflections put forth inside, by different scientists Brian Greene... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ian Erik Ross
Very good on superstring.theory. A great introduction but now needs updating. Certainly worth the cost and simple enough for the average reader to follow. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful theoretical view of how the Universe works using String/M Theory. This is definitely worth a look at if one is interested in taking the first step to understanding... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Justin Furlone
I hesitated buying this book because I don't have any background in higher mathematics, algebra being the top of my bent. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Norma Jean Fritz
Great clarity in explaining esoteric concepts to the layperson. A mind-broadening read.Published 12 days ago by Karl D. Zukerman
Although I have some doubts about the validity of string theory, Brian Greene is an excellent writer and presented the subject well. Read morePublished 14 days ago by SpartinStuff
This is an understandable and elegant introduction to the theory of superstrings.Published 21 days ago by Robert S. Wenstrup, Ph.D.