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

By |2018-03-21T18:28:49+01:00December 1st, 2006|Recent Reviews|

By Brian Greene

Vintage, 2000. 464 pages.


rian Greene is wrapped up in strings as he eloquently weaves his way through the infinitely complex landscape of Super String Theory in the Elegant Universe. String theory proposes that strings, not dots, are the building blocks of everything- from you to me, to the stars we look at every night.

To spin this world of strings, Greene, a professor of physics at Columbia University and a specialist in quantum theory, lucidly explains the history of theoretical physics in simple language, from Newton’s gravity to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to the probability of quantum mechanics.

Where he arrives is astonishing: a universe with 11 dimensions and perpetual Big Bangs. String theory is a theory of everything, reconciling the big with the small, and with Greene’s talent to explain the extremely complex simply, these theories are accessible to everyone.

About the Author:

After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in music composition, Matthew Fiorentino flew to Italy to have a look around. While attending language classes in Sorrento, he fell in love with his Italian teacher. Matt has an unhealthy obsession with Italian volcanoes (Stromboli is sick), late Beethoven, Salman Rushdie, Totó, Dante, and Sicilian cannoli. He now lives in Boston.