To write a book to explain in simple, non-mathematical terms what superstring theory is is not a simple task. In The Elegant Universe Brian Greene, a physicist who works in the area, does a very good job. Superstrings are a theory of particle physics that lays claim to being the ultimate "Theory of Everything", merging Einstein's relativity and quantum mechanics into an understanding of the physics of the very small and very large in the Universe. Hence to understand superstrings relativity, quantum mechanics have to be explained as well. In this Brian Greene does a very good job, giving one of the best explanations of relativity I have read in the process. Superstring theory is still very much in its infancy and The Elegant Universe does not claim that all the problems have been solved, in fact a point is made of pointing out all the present deficiencies of the theory.
Probably not a book for the very beginner but anyone who has read popular accounts of particle physics and relativity should gain a lot from reading this book. In places not an easy read, not for style reasons(which was generally very easy) but simply for the difficulty of some of the concepts involved. Superstring theory may or may not be the theory of everything but this book will certainly tell you what we think we know so far. Definitely recommended but don't expect to read it in a weekend. --Simon Goodwin
"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)
There are hardly any words to describe the impact this book had on me. Superbly written. Difficult to grasp concepts and physics explained in simple analogies that really work. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jane Almond
Fantastic book. Do read it if you want to learn difficult but important knowledge in simple way.
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A great introduction to strong theory and how it realtes to quantum mechanics and relativity. They explain it very simply with lots of helpfull visualizations and diagrams. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mr Robbie Packer
Anything by Brian Greene is always a good read, an informative book,worth every penny.Published 1 month ago by James John Rafferty
This is by far the most 'accessible' book I've read on quantum mechanics and relativity. If like me you are curious about the way the universe 'works' but do not have a PhD in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luke
Chapters 1 to 5 were excellent. Everything explained and illustrated, with the help of space travellers Gracie and George, in a way that even I could follow. Then came part 3. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Pugh