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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 Original edition (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047046724X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467244
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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explains the basic concepts of what the cover refers to as the controversial theory .   (ScienceBase.com, October 2010).

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Learn to:

  • The basic concepts of this controversial theory
  • How string theory builds on physics concepts
  • The different viewpoints in the field
  • String theory′s physical implications

Your plain–English guide to this complex scientific theory

String theory is one of the most complicated sciences being explored today. Not to worry though! This informative guide clearly explains the basics of this hot topic, discusses the theory′s explores its curious implications. It also presents the critical viewpoints in opposition to string theory so you can draw your own conclusions.

  • Understand the "theory of everything" grasp the key concepts and importance of the theory, and learn why scientists are so excited about finding a theory of quantum gravity
  • It all comes down to physics discover how string theory is built upon the major scientific developments of the early 20th century
  • Building the theory trace the creation and development of string theory, discover its predictions, and see whether accurate conclusions can be made
  • Take string theory for a spin explore the core issue of extra dimensions, the implications for cosmology, and how string theory could explain certain properties of our universe
  • Boldly go where no one has gone see what string theory has to say about possible parallel universes, the origin and fate of our universe, and the potential for time travel
  • Hear from the critics listen in on the heated debates about string theory and weigh the alternatives being offered

Open the book and find:

  • The questions string theory attempts to answer
  • Easy–to–follow examples
  • Explanations of Einstein′s theory of relativity, quantum theory, and particle physics
  • The successes and failures of string theory
  • Fascinating bits of string theory including strings and branes
  • Ways that string theory can be tested
  • Discussions of loop quantum gravity and other possible alternative theories of gravity
  • How the theory may relate to cosmic mysteries, from the origin of matter to black holes

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If your scientific education is BBC's Horizon and/or Discovery Channel, with limited maths skills(like me), and you want to know more about string theory, then this is the book for you.
The author explains a really abstract theory (or theories, depending which way you look at it) in a simple and uncomplicated way and satisfied my curiousity with enough imformation. The book does make you think in an abstract way which is a good thing so long as you don't do too much of it in work because your boss might call it daydreaming (unless you're a theoretical physicist)!
Ironically, because Mr. Jones presents a well balanced view of the controversy surrounding string theory, he has stripped away the glitzy, graphically enhanced visuals of my aforementioned TV shows, and now I'm not so sure about the theory as a further understanding of nature. I now see these TV shows as propaganda from scientific/political lobbyists.
I don't think this was the author's intention but I do think the book has done a great job and has given me a more informed opinion on string theory and the confidence to question and debate it.
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Explains In Good Detail . But Not Over Brain Taxing
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A good summary of the progress of M-Theory/String Theory. It demonstrates the reasons string theory has arisen, explains the theory, and then looks at the possible implications. The book also examines the potential flaws of the theory, and looks at alternative theories.
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It's not the book's fault. It is an excellent summary of the principles and issues of string theory.

The problem is that scientists are in a dark room unable to look out.

It's a problem of their own making. String theory is an extraordinary achievement, as is the recognition of the ten-dimensional nature of the universe.

But scientists still don't understand time, the core energies that manifest as the hidden dimensions, the nature of awareness, the correspondence between the core energies/hidden dimensions and human awareness/the chakras.

The discussions of parallel universes and time-travel are both frustrating for being momentarily accurate then veering wide of the mark.

It will of course never occur to them that only three of the strings/dimension operate at above Planck length/below Planck frequency.

There's so much physicists could learn if only they'd ask - but they're too busy denigrating 'pseudo-science' even as they market their own.

A shame, but we'll get there in the end... just more slowly than we need to.
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there should be a prequel to this book, string theory for absolute dummies. A basic knowledge of modern particle physics is required to get the most from this book. A very interesting read, lots of good information, we are banging on the frontiers of science here, who knows what next?
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I felt this book was unable to convince me of the validity of string theory. Tweeting the standard model is more worthwhile. String theory is the "Emperor's new clothes" of physics
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