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String Theory for the Rest of Us but not for Dummies: String Theory Simplified by [Becker, Beki]
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  • Print Length: 19 pages
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  • Language: English
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I agree wholeheartedly with the review from Mr KELLY. Additionally, the book does not expand on any of the concepts introduced in a meaningful manner and does little for the understanding of string theory. Even if it was free it would be a waste of time. I was suckered by the free sample thinking that there would be a whole lot more content with coherent explanation. I was sorely mistaken.

I'm now off to search out a MEANINGFUL book about String theory - one that leaves me with some understanding, rather that a string of overly simplistic statements.

Certainly not to be recommended and not a good addition to a Kindle library.
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Sadly 1 star is the lowest rating allowed on here. At £1.90, this is truly the biggest waste of money I have been engaged in. This is a mish mash of poorly or misunderstood ideas, with no coherent structure at all. As an American reviewer points out, it seems more like a collection of hastily collected magazine articles. Images are referred to, but absent. Save your self time & money and avoid. I recommend Amozon remove this travesty from it's collection.
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I've also read Quantum Mechanics for the Rest of Us but not for Dummies: Quantum Theory Simplified by the same author, and I can't recommend either of them, even for free.

String Theory contained fewer grammatical errors, but unfortunately that's all I can say for it. The same issues with poor diagrams that don't enlarge well, bad examples, and explanations which are either confusing or deeply misleading. For example, "elemental particles travel in waves, similar to the waves we see at the beach, but far smaller" - if you're going to use the waves of the sea to compare with wave motion, then when they hit the beach seems the most inaccurate point of the analogy. Not at all a helpful image. Another example that's stretched to breaking point is that the reason one gets hurt when hit by a car is because fermions can only occupy one state at one time. I think I see what the author is getting at here, but it's a really poor explanation.

There is one comedy moment when Sir Isaac Newton is described as a "pretty smart man", which is along the lines of saying Einstein was quite bright, really. Some things are just plain wrong: for example, at one point the author uses "indirectly" when she means "inversely", which in context means something quite different.

Overall: you'd learn more about string theory by reading Wikipedia and doing a few google searches. This is not worth the time to read, and sadly, certainly not worth paying for. Instead, invest in something by someone who 1) really understands the subject and 2) knows how to teach. If I come across such a book on Kindle I'll link to it here!
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At a mere 19 pages this book is less than detailed. If it had been pushed as a "for absolute dummies" he might have gotten away with it as an introduction to the general ideas of string theory. This isn't an intermediate book to any stretch of the information, and thus it is "not for the rest of us".

Worst £1.90 I've ever spent on Kindle, and this alone makes me think that the Kindle Publishing process really needs some quality control.
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This book is a very quick read and may be informative to those with no prior knowledge of physics.

It is however, not a very detailed explanation of string theory or any other physics. There is an assumption by the author that you will believe anything she tells you without further explanation, leading to no understanding of the theory.

If you would like a detailed, informative explanation then buy another book.
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Easy to follow but lacking in depth. A good introduction to someone who is serious about further clarification of String Theory.
One serious complaint:- all the essential explanatory diagrams are missing - this degrades the booklet to only 2-3 stars!
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I was lucky enough to download this book on a day when it was on promotion, but it's well worth the tiny price tag. It's written as though someone is actually explaining it to you. If you would simply like to feel like you understand string theory then this is the book for you. It's like asking the question of a friend who both knows what they are talking about, but is also aware that you are no scientist and you want it explaining to you in a way that you will understand.

The book is free from jargon and complex equations. This isn't a complicated text book on the subject. There are plenty of those for the serious quantum physics students; this is aimed at people who don't understand string theory and no previous knowledge of the subject is presumed. The books covers Newton and Einstein before moving on the quantum physics and finally string theory.

It's not a massive book, but that is reflected in the price. It's a bargain! I'm hoping Beki Becker releases more in the series as there are plenty of other subjects I'd be interested in having explained to me in a way that I'll understand!
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