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The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory

Author: B Greene
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2nd ed.]View all editions and formats
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"String theory, many physicists believe, is the key to the unified field theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. At last, science has found a way to overcome the nearly century-old rift between the laws of the large - general relativity - and the laws of the small - quantum mechanics. String theory deftly unites these two pillars of modern physics into a single, harmonious whole by declaring that all  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B Greene
ISBN: 0393058581 9780393058581 9780393338102 039333810X
OCLC Number: 1001878966
Notes: Includes additional preface, 2003.
Edition statement from p. vii.
"First edition" on t.p. verso.
Awards: Winner of Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science 1999
Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize 2000
Description: xv, 448 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Edge of knowledge --
ch. 1. Tied up with string --
pt. 2. Dilemma of space, time, and the quanta --
ch. 2. Space, time, and the eye of the beholder --
ch. 3. Of warps and ripples --
ch. 4. Microscopic weirdness --
ch. 5. Need for a new theory: general relativity vs. quantum mechanics --
pt. 3. Cosmic symphony --
ch. 6. Nothing but music: the essentials of superstring theory --
ch. 7. "Super" in superstrings --
ch. 8. More dimensions than meet the eye --
ch. 9. Smoking gun: experimental signatures --
pt. 4. String theory and the fabric of spacetime --
ch. 10. Quantum geometry --
ch. 11. Tearing the fabric of space --
ch. 12. Beyond strings: in search of m-theory --
ch. 13. Black holes: a string/m-theory perspective --
ch. 14. Reflections on cosmology --
pt. 5. Unification in the twenty-first century --
ch. 15. Prospects.
Responsibility: Brian R. Greene.

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The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.  Read more...

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"Sets a standard that will be hard to beat." -- George Johnson - The New York Times Book Review "Compulsively readable. . . . Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for Read more...

 
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