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.
Of all the books on relativity I've read, this is perhaps the best book in clearly explaining what exactly "spacetime" means (i.e. time as the fourth dimension). But the details of string theory still boggle me. I think without an adequateOf all the books on relativity I've read, this is perhaps the best book in clearly explaining what exactly "spacetime" means (i.e. time as the fourth dimension). But the details of string theory still boggle me. I think without an adequate mathematical background, I can never truly understand just why string theory seems to be capable of explaining everything. But then again, who can say that string theory really will have the final say?...Continua Nascondi
Hubris, hubris; but alas, I am stupid.Actually, I was more or less managing to follow the gist until I made the mistake of putting it aside for four months. Only to find, when I picked it back up, that I no longer even remembered much of anythingHubris, hubris; but alas, I am stupid.
Actually, I was more or less managing to follow the gist until I made the mistake of putting it aside for four months. Only to find, when I picked it back up, that I no longer even remembered much of anything about general relativity. Maybe I'll try again in five years... so take your time with those collisions, CERN people....Continua Nascondi
My first introduction to string theory. For the popular level reader, Greene's highly acclaimed book is a masterpiece in showing how strange and interesting the universe really can be. You won't say "physics is boring" anymore.