Patrick Van Esch

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Location: Grenoble, France


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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensi&hellip by Brian Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling !, Aug. 8 2002
The feat realised by M. Greene in this book is unimaginable:
he gives a popular account - without introducing any undue
simplification or cheap analogy - of all of current physics
(from classical mechanics over general relativity, from
quantum mechanics to quantum field theory and particle
physics) and uses this "introductory" material to prepare
the stage for his final goal: to explain you in detail what
superstring theory is all about. As he is one of the main
contributors to this field, he really knows what he's talking
about of course, but that's not the point.
Until this book was written, superstring theory was a quite… Read more
The Inflationary Universe by Alan Guth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading !, Aug. 8 2002
I've loved to read this book, because it has this double face:
on one hand it is a very readable and fascinating popular
introduction to a piece of current research, namely inflation,
by one of its main actors, something that doesn't really
happen all too often. On the other hand, it is about the
personal story of that same actor, (A. Guth), so that one
gets a feeling of the life of a young scientist. Each
of the faces would make a good book ; here you get both in
one volume.
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel &hellip by Michio Kaku
2.0 out of 5 stars Abracadabra., Aug. 8 2002
If you're not yet convinced that there is a clear
link between modern physics and the Delphi Oracle,
this book will probably convince you.
The problem is that if you know what the author is
talking about, you really think it is nuts to
present it that way, and if you don't know, you won't
learn anything.
On the other hand, if you want to be on a Star Trek
trip, it is fun to read. But it has nothing to do
with physics.