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

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How did one elegant theory incite a scientific revolution? Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915. Their work has uncovered a number of the universes more surprising secrets, and many believe further wonders remain hidden within the theorys tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge. For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma, fueling a century of intellectual struggle and triumph.. Einsteins theory, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, and time, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics, yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitlers Germany, hounded in Stalins Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Even today, PhD students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Despite these pitfalls, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einsteins theory. We are in the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics. As scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing us where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us.

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A new edition of the bestseller--now a three-part special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.

Synopsis:

On the eve of the theory's 100th birthday, here is the first complete biography of Einsteins theory of general relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory that has given us black holes, dark energy, and modern cosmology.

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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-- "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (). 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, 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.

About the Author

Brian Greeneis a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

  1. pt. 1.Edge of knowledge
  2. ch. 1.Tied up with string
  3. pt. 2.Dilemma of space, time, and the quanta
  4. ch. 2.Space, time, and the eye of the beholder
  5. ch. 3.Of warps and ripples
  6. ch. 4.Microscopic weirdness
  7. ch. 5.Need for a new theory: general relativity vs. quantum mechanics
  8. pt. 3.Cosmic symphony
  9. ch. 6.Nothing but music: the essentials of superstring theory
  10. ch. 7."Super" in superstrings
  11. ch. 8.More dimensions than meet the eye
  12. ch. 9.Smoking gun: experimental signatures
  13. pt. 4.String theory and the fabric of spacetime
  14. ch. 10.Quantum geometry
  15. ch. 11.Tearing the fabric of space
  16. ch. 12.Beyond strings: in search of m-theory
  17. ch. 13.Black holes: a string/m-theory perspective
  18. ch. 14.Reflections on cosmology
  19. pt. 5.Unification in the twenty-first century
  20. ch. 15.Prospects.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393058581
Author:
Greene, Brian
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Ferreira, Pedro G.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Nuclear Physics
Subject:
Superstring theories
Subject:
Cosmologie
Subject:
Supercordes
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
Relativity
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
no. SMA-03-3832
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A new edition of the bestseller--now a three-part special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter.
"Synopsis" by , On the eve of the theory's 100th birthday, here is the first complete biography of Einsteins theory of general relativity, revealing the personal feuds and ideological battles, the decades of neglect, the resurgence, and now, the deep questioning of a theory that has given us black holes, dark energy, and modern cosmology.
"Synopsis" by , 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-- "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (). 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, 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.
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