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

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Many books have been written in an attempt to explain quantum physics to the layperson. Considering that most physicists still have problems coming to grips with the counter-intuitive implications of quantum theory, it is easy to understand why they do not always succeed in communicating the mind-bending revelations about reality demonstrated by the famous double-slit experiment. Brian Greene succeeds where other books have fallen short; his explanations made the most sense to me after reading them. Plus, the fast-paced world of high-energy physics is constantly revising its models and theories. First published in 1999, The Elegant Universe is still a fairly current discussion about the attempts of superstrings and M-theory to achieve the highly sought after grand unification of quantum theory and the theory of relativity.
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Book News Annotation:

Greene, originator of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, describes exciting new research in the field and discusses implications for the future of science. Using plain language with no math or technical jargon, he tells how superstring theory identifies nature's fundamental building blocks, which turn out to be, not subatomic particles, but vibrating strands whose vibrational patterns account for all of nature's forces. He combines everyday examples, b&w diagrams, and a sense of fun to illustrate complicated concepts. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393046885
Subtitle:
Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Author:
Greene, Brian
Author:
Greene, B.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Superstring theories
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.58x6.47x1.54 in. 1.77 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Many books have been written in an attempt to explain quantum physics to the layperson. Considering that most physicists still have problems coming to grips with the counter-intuitive implications of quantum theory, it is easy to understand why they do not always succeed in communicating the mind-bending revelations about reality demonstrated by the famous double-slit experiment. Brian Greene succeeds where other books have fallen short; his explanations made the most sense to me after reading them. Plus, the fast-paced world of high-energy physics is constantly revising its models and theories. First published in 1999, The Elegant Universe is still a fairly current discussion about the attempts of superstrings and M-theory to achieve the highly sought after grand unification of quantum theory and the theory of relativity.

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