The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryA new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a threepart Nova special: a fascinating and thoughtprovoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter. 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 centuryold antagonism between the large and the smallGeneral Relativity and Quantum Theoryis 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 twentiethcentury 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. 
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Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
User Review  Zaid  GoodreadsBrian Green had put all his efforts to write this book as much simple as he can and he succeeded to do so.The way he describes the technical terms in this book with such a great simplicity is really ... Read full review
Review: The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
User Review  Zach  GoodreadsI have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, the sections on relativity and quantum mechanics are really excellent. And while it might help that I have at least a passing familiarity with the ... Read full review
Contents
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Of Warps and Ripples  53 
Microscopic Weirdness  85 
The Super in Superstrings  166 
More Dimensions Than  184 
Quantum Geometry  231 
Tearing the Fabric of Space  263 
A String  320 
Reflections on Cosmology  345 
Prospects  373 
Notes  389 
Glossary of Scientific Terms  413 
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