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The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
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Oct 31, 2012

really liked it

The leading theory by far in modern physics is the mysterious “string theory” which, in short, purports that the fundamental building blocks of our reality (even smaller than photons, electrons and quarks) are 1-dimensional “strings” that create everything based on how they vibrate. The theory is a massive array of convoluted, mainly-unsolved mathematical constructs that consume the efforts of most theoretical scientists and mathematicians who work in astrophysics, cosmology and quantum physics. If it can be fully resolved, it promises an ultimate answer to the fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe. Brian Greene is one of the leading lights in this field, and his book is a beautiful exploration of string theory that speaks in a language easily understandable by any layman with an interest in physics.

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