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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.
Extremely well written and well thought out. Not only is Brian Greene an outstanding scientist, but an educator as well. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Aidan Gibson
The author is uncritical about string theory, and comes over like a religious apologist.Published 4 days ago by Peter Jackson
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. Difficult concepts are made perfectly comprhensible in Brian Greene's magnificent writing... Read more
There are several excellent books, each worth reading, on superstrings and the exciting search for the Ultimate Theory. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jak Kornfilt
Brian Greene is awesome. This is the 2nd or 3rd book of his that I have read. Great read and very, very interesting.Published 17 days ago by Steven Smith
a complete tour of string theory and relativity. a bit technical, but worth the read and the attempt to understand a very esoteric subjectPublished 26 days ago by Russell E. Painton