The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

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By (author) Brian Greene

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 33mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 16 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039333810X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393338102
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Sales rank: 5,604

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Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

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Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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By Rui Antunes 11 Jan 2011 5

I was searching for books on superstring theory, but they all seem either too complex (too much math and formalism and few down-to-earth physics) or seem too vague (sometimes without really talking about superstring theory). Until I found this book.

Brian Greene was able, in a single and relatively short book, explain the basic ideas of Superstring Theory and its context in the current Particle Physics and Cosmology theories.

Without using any math, Greene makes you feel almost an expert on Superstring Theory. A must-have.

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"Sets a standard that will be hard to beat." -- George Johnson "Compulsively readable... Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes." "As rewarding as it gets ... a thrilling ride through a lovely landscape."