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

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ISBN: 9780393058581
Author(s): Brian Greene
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2003
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 163 x 240 x 35 (w x l x h)
Pages: 464

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Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vi
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