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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.
helps me understand why they believe this stuff, even if I cannot follow a lot of it.Published 6 days ago by DJVROOM
This is a very interesting book focused on string theory. The technical background required to understand its content is very reasonable. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Samir
I have to admit I got totally lost in places. But most of it is simply mind blowing.Published 18 days ago by Pierre Verwey
Brian Randolph Greene (born 1963) is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist who is professor at Columbia University and chairman of the World Science Festival since... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Steven H Propp
In "The Elegant Universe", Brian Greene takes a look at the science of string theory (which was then in its infancy) & tries to bring this new segment of physics to life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul L.
This book is a wonderful overview of an emerging universe which continues to astound and perplex. It is a very readable history of how theoretical physics has arrived at its... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven