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

The Elegant Universe

Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Paperback Published: 29th February 2000
ISBN: 9780099289920
Number Of Pages: 464

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In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, 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 all matter is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to explain the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling.

Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of scientific writing - a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer to understanding how the universe works.

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"Develops one fresh new insight after another... In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat" * New York Times Book Review * "Utterly absorbing...a brilliant achievement. An accessible, equationless account of strings, explaining why they are generating so much excitement among their devotees. Greene's achievement is to make us feel at home in the chillingly abstract world of strings and to convince us that we must take it seriously" * Sunday Telegraph * "As rewarding as it gets... A thrilling ride through a lovely landscape... A compelling human saga" * Los Angeles Times Book Review * "Compulsively readable...Green threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for holes" * New York * "[A] tour-de-force of science writing...peels away layers of detail and reveals the stunning essence of cutting-edge physics" -- Shing-Tung Yau, Harvard University; Fields Medalist, winner of the National Medal of Science

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Preface
The Edge of Knowledge
Tied Up with Stringp. 3
The Dilemma of Space, Time, and the Quanta
Space, Time, and the Eye of the Beholderp. 23
Of Warps and Ripplesp. 53
Microscopic Weirdnessp. 85
The Need for a New Theory: General Relativity vs. Quantum Mechanicsp. 117
The Cosmic Symphony
Nothing but Music: The Essentials of Superstring Theoryp. 135
The "Super" in Superstringsp. 166
More Dimensions Than Meet the Eyep. 184
The Smoking Gun: Experimental Signaturesp. 210
String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime
Quantum Geometryp. 231
Tearing the Fabric of Spacep. 263
Beyond Strings: In Search of M-Theoryp. 283
Black Holes: A String/M-Theory Perspectivep. 320
Reflections on Cosmologyp. 345
Unification in the Twenty-First Century
Prospectsp. 373
Notesp. 389
Glossary of Scientific Termsp. 413
References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 427
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780099289920
ISBN-10: 009928992X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 29th February 2000
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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Brian Greene

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Brian Greene was educated at Harvard and Oxford, receiving his doctorate in 1987. He is currently professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia. He is the author of the bestselling book about string theory, The Elegant Universe, which won the Aventis Prize in 2000.

Brian Greene was educated at Harvard and Oxford, graduating in 1987. After spending time at Harvard and Cornell, he is currently a Professor of Physics and of Mathematics at Columbia.

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