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Superstring theory has been called "a part of 21st-century physics that fell by chance into the 20th century." In other words, it isn't all worked out yet. Despite the uncertainties--"string theorists work to find approximate solutions to approximate equations"--Greene gives a tour of string theory solid enough to satisfy the scientifically literate.
Though Ed Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study is in many ways the human hero of The Elegant Universe, it is not a human-side-of-physics story. Greene's focus throughout is the science, and he gives the nonspecialist at least an illusion of understanding--or the sense of knowing what it is that you don't know. And that is traditionally the first step on the road to knowledge. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great read for anyone who is curious about ideas regarding the Universe and Cosmos. Great real world examples used to explain theories.Published 14 months ago by 4th'n20
This was a fantastic book! Great read for anyone of any level education in physics interested in understanding the workings of modern physics. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ruben
I have several other books on the go right now and got this book as part of a number on this topic - have only thumbed through it and am looking forward to actually reading.Published on Jan. 28 2013 by Marina Mactavish
Have not finished reading it, but so far, so great!! Easy to understand, and utterly fascinating. I love the universe!Published on Jan. 2 2013 by monica
Okay I have to admit that some of the discussion in this book is over my head, way over my head. But having said that the bulk of what is discussed is of interest. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2012 by fastreader
I hoped that this very valuable book will come in good condition. It certainly did , it was new ; even the cover was spotless and undamaged. Read morePublished on May 4 2012 by Frank
Brian Greene is at least as elequent as his subject is elegant. For laypeople such as myself, who may be afraid to venture into the depths of the mysteries of our universe largely... Read morePublished on April 6 2009 by James R. Cable
This books is over-rated, but still better than most books on the subjects he covers. I gave it two stars to get your attention. It is actually a 3 or 4 star book. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by quietstorm