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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.
This book is a terrific introduction not only to string theory, but to relativity and quantum mechanics as well.
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 2 days ago by William W. Hammond
The author does a good job of dealing with difficult subject matter. Metaphors help to make very abstract concepts more accessible. Read morePublished 10 days 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 18 days ago by Patrick Fourgeaud
What I could understand, not a physics student, was awesome.Published 18 days ago by Nancy J. Campbell
Brian Greene is fascinating and absorbing, book came quickly and in very good conditionPublished 28 days ago by Bramble
Brian is one of the top Physicists of our day and is very easy to understand. PaulPublished 1 month 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 1 month ago by Derek Ly