The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe

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

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Baker & Taylor
Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Norton Pub
The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.
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.

& Taylor

A leading string theorist distills some of the most sophisticated concepts in all of science into accessible and entertaining bits of information, describing the eleven dimensions of the universe and how the fabric of space tears and repairs itself.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2003
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780393338102
Branch Call Number: 539.7258 GRE
Characteristics: xv, 448 p. :,ill. ;,21 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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