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L' universo elegante: superstringhe, dimensioni nascoste e la ricerca… (1999)

by Brian Greene

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene (1999)

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Good description of string theory. He tries to simplify it for a general audience, but it can be slow going for a while. The book is dated; there is an example of a company building a bridge between the two towers of the World Trade Center, which no longer exists. If you have patience, this is a good book. ( )
  jmcgarry2011 | May 9, 2014 |
String theory - interviewed by Michael Krasney, KQED. ( )
  clifforddham | Mar 19, 2014 |
This book starts with giving you the basics of relativity, gravity and moves on with space-time continuum, time dilation and finally comes to the Theory of Everything - String Theory.

Just brilliantly explained by Brian Greene, I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Science and knowing more about ourselves in the cosmic realm. ( )
  nmarun | Mar 11, 2014 |
One of my favorite non-fiction books. You must be commited to learning about string theory to make it through the book, but the author does a great job of explaining incredibly complex M Theory concepts and principals in a way non-physicists can understand. This was the book I needed to catch me up to the advances in quantum physics and string theory since I graduated from college. Well written but challenging read. ( )
1 vote pking36330 | Feb 6, 2014 |
Greene provides lucid explanations about why we need string theory, even though there is still no experimental evidence to support it. There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide with each other under extreme conditions such as black holes or near the big bang. Brian Greene is a specialist in quantum field theory who believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything. Greene provides the reader a tour of string theory well-reasoned enough to satisfy the scientifically literate. ( )
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In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, ''The Elegant Universe'' sets a standard that will be hard to beat.
 
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There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide horribly under extreme conditions such as black holes or times close to the big bang. Brian Greene, a specialist in quantum field theory, believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything.

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

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Discusses the author's theory for all matter in the universe known as the string theory.

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