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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.
Although I'm pretty well read in the sciences and fairly conversant with the lower levels of higher math this one left me in the dust about half way through. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cecil Bothwell
It is a lively and simple book telling of very complicated matters. It gives a good explanation even to an unprepared mind and worths every penny. :)Published 12 days ago by Vladislav Vikoulov
This work provides a great view of modern theoretical physics for those interested beyond TV programs and the popular press. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Andrew L. Simon
Quite an adventure into the theoretical world that so few minds inhabit! It would take a lifetime to learn the math required to really understand these theories, but this book is a... Read morePublished 14 days ago by mark taylor
I found this book absolutely fascinating and deeply informative. The math is beyond me, so I can't assess the case that Greene makes, but I trust that if there is a problem with... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bernard Rosenthal
Well written, with an introduction to difficult concepts in relativity and string theory explained . Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer