The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue. Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter?from the small The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, no...

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Title:The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Author:Brian Greene
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Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Reviews

  • Robin Wasserkaise
    Mar 17, 2007
    This book presents the latest breakdown of empirical existance with string theory- it's really well written and it sugguest how the fundimentals of all existing things come together in a very similar way as our understanding of music (little vibrations). I love this subject because, ...
  • Alisha
    Apr 12, 2007
    I left Christianity a few years ago and swore off religion altogether; however, after reading this book, string theory has become tantamount to religion in my life. Brian Greene writes beautifully about particles, planets, and the origins of our universe as we know it today. It is a he...
  • ayden
    Dec 23, 2007
    I read this book while taking a course (for non-physics students) called Modern Physics in Perspective, which centered on string theory. I learned so, so, so much in this class & the book helped a lot. If you're reading this book unassisted, be aware that there are some very confus...
  • Rob
    Apr 30, 2008
    AN INTRODUCTION BY WAY OF HYPERBOLIC SENTIMENT: The Elegant Universe is "The Bible" of superstring theory[*:]. I close the covers of The Elegant Universe with powerfully mixed feelings. On the one hand, Brian Greene gives us a lucidly-written layman's-terms explanation for high-conc...
  • Elyse Walters
    Oct 06, 2014
    My local book club picked this book for our non-fiction month. I've been a part of this group- the largest-best Bay Area Book club!!!! In the 5 years I been part of this group, I can't remember a more challenging book to fully understand. The superstring theory is 'taught' by Brian ...
  • Daniel Clausen
    Mar 26, 2019
    For most of my life, physics and the general sciences have seemed beyond me. At the same time, I've been lucky enough in high school and university to have instructors who are willing to let me "give science a try" in a not threatening way. This book is one such attempt to allow ordina...
  • Bettie
    Apr 24, 2008
    Read it twice now - I love it even though I don't understand it all, the snippets I do 'get' are wowsicles. ...
  • Jack Thornsberry
    Jun 13, 2008
    This book blew my mind countless times as I read through it, so much so that I could usually only read 10-20 pages in one sitting. I had physics in high school, watched Cosmos and tons of other programs on the universe/relativity/quantum physics etc. so I have always had an interest bu...
  • Stephen
    Aug 30, 2008
    4.0 to 4.5 stars. There is a great quote to the effect that "if you can't explain a subject in non-technical terms so that a lay person can understand it than you haven't really mastered the subject yourself." On that basis, it is clear that Brian Greene has DEFINITELY mastered the sub...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 29, 2011
    To think I put all that effort to understand a discredited theory... ...
  • Alex Zakharov
    May 03, 2018
    Picked this one up in preparation for an event with Brian Greene. Written over 15 years ago, it is missing the latest developments and consensus, which seems to be that the original vision for String Theory (ST) as a TOE didn?t pan out, yet it is still the only TOE we got. It's a bit...
  • Manny
    Dec 16, 2008
    [Original review, written December 2008] When I read this book, I remember thinking it was pretty interesting, but I am surprised how few insights I have retained... to be honest, hardly any. Smolin's The Trouble with Physics, which I read much more recently, suggests that string th...
  • Szplug
    Mar 03, 2010
    Greene's eminently readable attempt to explain the possibilities for string/superstrings to provide the linchpin for the long-awaited-and-desired merger of gravity with the two nuclear and electromagnetic forces into a Grand United Theory. Frankly, the entire idea of rolled up dimensio...
  • Marvin
    Mar 17, 2011
    Do I understand string theory? Not sure. Do I understand M theory? A little bit but don't ask for any algebraic reasoning. Do I know exactly what a Calabi-Yau is? Not really but I think they look a little like the hair balls from my cat. This is the second time I've equa...
  • Genia Lukin
    Nov 25, 2011
    I never really got the hang of String Theory. I find it awfully weird and almost nigh-unscientific. Not being a physicist, I try not to make judgments about it, since I clearly don't understand it one bit - at least on the math level! - but I have to say that Brian Greene didn't endear...
  • Wolf
    Nov 30, 2009
    Dr. Greene, unfortunately, imagines himself to be a much better writer and expositor than he actually is. Far too much time is wasted on silly examples to explain his points; so much that the analogies not only break down but become absurd. These concepts are not very difficult. Dr. Gr...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Mar 24, 2019
    ?The Elegant Universe? by Brian Greene is a general introduction to cosmology and string theory. It is a beautifully written book! However, it is not for beginners. I think some classes in physics or cosmology, or a long-time subscription to a magazine like New Scientist or Science...
  • AndrewP
    Jun 09, 2019
    This book covers most of the basics of Physics theory. Relativity, quantum physics and then string theory. As the authors specialty is string theory about 50% of the book is dedicated to this subject. I admit that there were some concepts that I had a hard time understanding as there i...
  • Shamana  Ali
    Aug 21, 2012
    I have copious notes where I disagreed with the author. While I understand he is probably the leading public proponent of string theory, I felt that his oversimplification lead to some really problematic axioms and it was upon these shaky foundations that he tried to map out string the...
  • Ana
    Jun 28, 2017
    Physics books. Can I understand them properly? No. Am I still absolutely fascinated by them? Yes. String Theory. Do I understand it properly? Hell no. Am I fascinated by it? To the last detail. ...
  • Omar Abdelaziz
    Jan 04, 2014
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  • Jenny
    Dec 18, 2011
    The first few chapters are fascinating as Greene recounts the history of modern physics, its departure from classical, Newtonian understanding. Then, he moves into string theory, and I found the arguments and explanations harder to follow. As Greene wrote the book just a few years afte...
  • Majo's Library.
    Jan 23, 2012
    Readers who have not discovered Greene should no waste one minute more! ...
  • João Vaz
    Jul 03, 2014
    Dear God, Will you ever allow us folks down here on Earth to come up with Einstein?s dream of a Theory of Everything (ToE)? The fact of the matter is that there are essentially two opposing theories upon which rests our knowledge of the universe: General Relativity and Quantum Me...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 07, 2013
    Read this sometime in the aughts. It was a down to earth presentation of a very esoteric theory. I like Greene's style of exposition and got a better (for all intents and purposes) layperson's understanding of the subject. Good stuff. ...
  • Mohamed al-Jamri
    Feb 18, 2016
    This is the first book by Brian Greene that I read. The first chapters were amazing and engaging, however later chapters about string theory were very hard for me to understand and I actually didn't finish the whole book, because I could not understand what I was reading. The author...
  • Marius
    Feb 18, 2014
    Disclaimer: I am not a physicist. I have a MSc in environmental sciences which is 20 years out of date. Brian Greene describes elegantly special and general relativity as well as important aspects of quantum physics in the first third of his book. It is worth its money for these fir...
  • Manuel Antão
    Oct 18, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Kabbalah: "The Elegant Universe - Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" by Brian Greene (Original review, 2001) The Kabbalah also describes 10 dimensions and beings th...
  • Zaid
    Jul 19, 2016
    Brian Greene had put all his efforts to write this book as much simple as he can and he succeeded to do so.The way he describes the technical terms in this book with such a great simplicity is really very appreciating.Several examples are also taken into account to profoundly explain s...
  • Luai Alrantisi
    Jul 04, 2015
    He explains about *Superstring theory*, where the subatomic particles are shown to be as (vibrating strings). The very basic subatomic partciles, like Quarks and Electrons, which scientists can not tell of any other particles that are more basic than them, these Electrons and Quarks...