The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene
The Elegant Universe Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene, Jonathan Cape ISBN:0224052993
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In The Elegant Universe Brian Greene explains in simple, non-mathematical terms what superstring theory is all about. Superstrings may lead to a Theory of Everything--a merging of Einstein's relativity and quantum mechanics into an ultimate theory that explains the whole universe. Hence, to understand superstrings, you need to understand relativity and quantum mechanics. Brian Greene gives one of the best introductions to these fundamental concepts that I have ever read.
Superstring theory is very new and The Elegant Universe does not claim that all the problems have been solved; in fact Brian Greene outlines its deficiencies. Superstring theory may or may not be the theory of everything but this book will tell you what we think we know so far.
Anyone wanting a lucid account of the structure of the universe should turn to this book, whether they are a beginner or an expert. It's not always an easy read, but no account of these ideas could be. Many fundamental concepts are difficult to grasp, but it's well worth trying because they are fundamental. Fortunately, Brian Greene's explanations are, throughout, as lucid as anyone could wish.
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene is the book to buy if you are looking for a definitive overview of Superstring theory