mudcatmls, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by mudcatmls)
Brian Greene has the same talent that Carl Sagan had in putting things into the perspective of the general public in a way that does not talk down to but with. This is one of the greatest books on modern day Cosmology and gives great insights on our modern day universe. It is a book that makes you want to read it again and again.
Inland See, January 17, 2010 (view all comments by Inland See)
This book is the Rosetta stone for understanding 21st-century physics. It is easy to follow the author as he explains the current state of physics and the quest for "the theory of everything". Don't worry about understanding complex mathematics - there is none. The book is about fascinating concepts, ideas and the future. After you read this book, news from the large Hadron collider in Europe will take on a whole new meaning and you may want to add a "Physics" category on your Google news page.
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chandra9787, July 30, 2008 (view all comments by chandra9787)
worth reading>>one can knows wat his n his surrounding made up of and can realse the real source of power(energy),ultimate theory of all ever explained>>>
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uncle_loki, July 7, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
Brian Greene has a talent for conveying complex ideas in a way that is easy to understand. He is constantly using word pictures (and sometimes actual pictures) to explain relativity, quantum theory, and other topics that are utterly fascinating but are sometimes difficult to get your brain around. Elegant Universe is not a light read, but for those looking to get a moderate understanding of the subject matter I highly recomend it.
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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.
by New York,
"The Elegant Universe is compulsively readable.... Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes."
by Scientific American,
"[An] important book.... The Elegant Universe presents the ideas and aspirations-and some of the characters-of string theory with clarity and charm."
by Los Angeles Times,
"As good as it gets.... [A] thrilling ride through a lovely landscape."
by The Washington Post Book World,
"[Greene] writes with poetic eloquence and style.... [He] does an admirable job of translating a wholly mathematical endeavor into visual terms."
by Discovery Magazine,
"[Greene's] metaphors often provide beauty and power.... The Elegant Universe is a rewarding read."
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