The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe

Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Book - 1999
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Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory--made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists--The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory 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.

Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.

Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393046885
Branch Call Number: 539.7258 Gre
Characteristics: xiii, 448 p. : 24 cm.


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Aug 29, 2016

Sometimes I had a hard time following it, but I did come away with a much better understanding of String Theory and some of the nuts and bolts. I would recommend it.

Aug 05, 2016

Much of the string theory was over my head but I enjoyed getting a general sense of what it's about.

jlau7371 Aug 19, 2012

Honestly, I was not too zealous about reading this book, but I had no choice because it was my summer reading book. I am very indolent when it comes to reading genres I do not like, so I did not bother reading it until I realized I had no other books to read at home. So, I gave it a try. It contains many challenging vocabulary words and it made it difficult. Thankfully, it contained a scientific glossary filled with terms mentioned in the story. Deciding not to give up because of one hindrance, I read on longer and realized how true and interesting the boom really was.

Dec 08, 2010


Jul 07, 2010

Lots of details about relativity, quantum theory and string theory. I do not know if it is possible to get any sort of intuitive appreciation of string theory, but I did not get this from this book.

Dec 08, 2007

Greene does an admirable job laying out the difficulties in unifying Einstein's special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics: what to do about gravity? Greene is a leading proponent and populizer of string theory.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2000 Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.


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