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String Theory For Dummies

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A clear, plain-English guide to this complex scientific theory

String theory is the hottest topic in physics right now, with books on the subject (pro and con) flying out of the stores. String Theory For Dummies offers an accessible introduction to this highly mathematical "theory of everything," which posits ten or more dimensions in an attempt to explain the basic nature
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by For Dummies (first published October 15th 2009)
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Chelsea Ursaner
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stfd was definitely a good overview but it took a while to realize on kindle that I didn't have to read every single word. The physicial book is split into sidebars and infoboxes so that it's more visually apparent. Ill just call out some of my take aways-

1. The intent behind it all is mostly to come up with a grand theory in which the laws of gravity do not break down on a quantum scale. It's also to come up with a model of the most fundamental unit of existence which we once thought to be the
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Sophy26
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Is it embarrassing that I'm reading String Theory for dummies? Maybe.
But what's definitely embarrassing is that I can still barely follow it!
Danny Barulli
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate the explanation of layman's explanation of string theory.
Marina
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good intro to String Theory. Author explains complex concepts with easy to understand analogies.
Les Gehman
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
String Theory For Dummies by Andrew Zimmerman Jones accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: provide a non-mathematical introduction to string theory. Even though it is not slightly outdated as results from the Large Hadron Collider start to come in, it is still very useful in explaining in plain English just what string theory is all about. It is also one of the few cosmology books I've read that is evenhanded and balanced in discussing the problems with string theory and in discussing some ...more
Rachael
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a decent introduction to a very complicated topic in theoretical physics and Zimmerman does it by avoiding mathematics completely. The approach is probably appropriate but at the same time has an odd effect when he goes over quantum mechanics and relativity. The result is approachable to the general reader.

The aims of String Theory, or M Theory is to come up with a quantum theory of gravity, explain the nature of dark matter and dark energy, explain the differences in scale between the r
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Mateus Rodrigues de Morais
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-science
String Theory for Dummies is the best way for people without an advanced mathematical background to start learning about String Theory. Basically, the main aim of this book is to teach people the fudamentals of the Theory of Everything avoinding as much mathematics as possible.

If you are a Physics enthusiast and like to learn advanced things the easy way, just like me, you will love this book. Last year, I made a school project on String Theory and during my research I realized how scarce source
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Ian Liberman
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that motivated into learning about quantum theory and string theory almost two years ago. It has a profound effect on me. I read books by Lisa Randall, Hawking , Mlodinow, Greene and Sean Carroll etc. I have even had emails from some of these famous authors. From the Dirac Equation to Hawking`s Theory of Spontaneous Creation for Universes based on Feynman`s Sum over Paths. The randomness of the universe as expressed in The Drunkards Walk by Mlodinow who also worked with Ha ...more
Zane
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title of String Theory for Dummies is a seeming oxymoron, which caught my attention. Despite the popular perception of string theory as the pinnacle of theoretical mumbo-jumbo, understood only by the smartest of the pocket-protecting scientific elite, Jones successfully conveys the concepts of string theory to the layman; providing the necessary context from past developments in physics (although at times this context seems irrelevant and at other times it could use expanding upon) while ref ...more
Doug
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mind officially blown by a "Dummies" Book. Quantum geometry? Spontaneous Broken Symmetry? AdS/CFT correspondence? Talk about subjects for further reading. And yet I can't help but wonder with all these brilliant people working on theoretical physics why we will continue to have economic issues and ethical issues even if there is a theory of everything someday.
Abigail Wildes
Listened to on audio, which the author reads himself and he's actually rather amusing. A very good trait when learning such a subject.
John
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sometimes hard to follow, even for dummies. :P
R.A.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
String Theory has always been interesting to me and this book explains it really well.
Bruce Baker
so plain that very little gets imparted. I did learn a few things.
Hussain Ravat
a good book to read
Hali Palombo
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I was only vaguely sure of what string theory was, and now I am moderately confident in my ability to explain string theory to others. Thanks, String Theory For Dummies™
Igor
Apr 19, 2015 added it
Confusing
Ismandy Ali
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Do i need another pre book on string theory?
Mostafa Ragab
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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David
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Very enjoyable introduction to the topic. I fit the title target market perfectly! Fascinating topic and worth digging into further. It covers the basics and the counter arguments.
Matt Wentz
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I must need "String Theory for the Complete Idiot" because this was over my head. Interesting though
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