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

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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.

Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the small
Paperback, 425 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by Vintage Books USA (first published 1999)
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Leo Navis It is described very easily, actually. You will have to concentrate of course, but the examples are easy to understand.

He takes another route, if you…more
It is described very easily, actually. You will have to concentrate of course, but the examples are easy to understand.

He takes another route, if you want. He doesn't try to teach you math but to show you through easy every-day-examples the concepts behind Einstein, Standardmodell and String-Theory. (less)
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Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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[Original review, written December 2008]

When I read this book, I remember thinking it was pretty interesting, but I am surprised how few insights I have retained... to be honest, hardly any. Smolin's The Trouble with Physics, which I read much more recently, suggests that string theory is in big trouble, and right now I am more tempted to side with Smolin.

There's this old Nasrudin story, where he's somehow ended up as judge in a court case. The D.A. really makes a good case, and Nasrudin can't r
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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عندما سقطت التفاحة التوراتية سقطنا معها إلى هذا العالم و من ثم أصبح لزاما علينا أن نفهمه أو على الأقل نفهم كيف نعيش فيه. و عندما سقطت تفاحة نيوتن ظن العلماء أننا فهمنا أخيرا برغم مقولة نيوتن بأنه كشخص يلعب بالأصداف على شاطئ المحيط بدون أن يجرؤ حتى على النزول و معرفة ما فيه ناهيك عما وراءه.

فسر القانون العام للجاذبية حركة الكون و وضع لنا أول تصور غير اسطورى أو دينى للعالم من حولنا و ظل صالحا لكل الأحوال ما يربو على الثلاثة قرون إلى أن جاء اينشتين و لكن هذه المرة بدون تفاح بنظرية يصعب تذوقها و هضمه
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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Do I understand string theory? Not sure.

Do I understand M theory? A little bit but don't ask for any algebraic reasoning.

Do I know exactly what a Calabi-Yau is? Not really but I think they look a little like the hair balls from my cat.

This is the second time I've equated quantum physics and all its detours to a hair-ball. That's because I can study a hair ball and still have no idea what it is for and why they exist. String Theory and the elusive TOE is in the same category. I could go on my en
Apr 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I left Christianity a few years ago and swore off religion altogether; however, after reading this book, string theory has become tantamount to religion in my life. Brian Greene writes beautifully about particles, planets, and the origins of our universe as we know it today. It is a heavy book- I don't recommend it for anyone who wants a quick, easy read. It took me almost two months to get through, but I learned a tremendous amount and came away in complete awe of the world and the forces at wo ...more
Manuel Antão
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

The Kabbalah: "The Elegant Universe - Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" by Brian Greene

(Original review, 2001)

The Kabbalah also describes 10 dimensions and beings that inhabit them. Perhaps these beings are real and at certain levels of dimensional perception they have already seen and experienced these advancements in human history like a child being taught 2+2 to the wave compilation of an electr
Riku Sayuj
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-science
To think I put all that effort to understand a discredited theory...
يونس عمارة
لنقل ان الفيزياء تنقسم الى نظريات .
فيزياء كلاسيكة ، فيزياء حديثة .
الفيزياء الكلاسيكة تفسر الكون على اساس معادلات نيوتن وهي صادقة لحد كبير في التنبوءات ومازالت تستعمل وتدرس في المدارس لحد الآن.
الحديثة تنقسم الى عدة اقسام : نظرية النسبية العامة والخاصة . نظرية الكم ، نظرية الاوتار الفائقة التي ادعت انها جمعت كل النظريات السابقة ..هناك ايضا سيناريوهات اخرى منها نظرية –ام و عدة اقتراحات اخرى تسمى بنظريات كل شيء ..
ان رأيت ان الامر صعب –كما ظهر لي من قبل – فاقرا كتاب (الكون الانيق ) لبرايان غرين ويكفي
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
4.0 to 4.5 stars. There is a great quote to the effect that "if you can't explain a subject in non-technical terms so that a lay person can understand it than you haven't really mastered the subject yourself." On that basis, it is clear that Brian Greene has DEFINITELY mastered the subject of general relatively, quantum dynanmics and string theory (at least to the extent present technology allows). For such a complicated and often "non intuitive" subject, Greene does an excellent job of laying o ...more
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: mere mortals (but only the first third of it)
Recommended to Rob by: io9
AN INTRODUCTION BY WAY OF HYPERBOLIC SENTIMENT: The Elegant Universe is "The Bible" of superstring theory[*:].

I close the covers of The Elegant Universe with powerfully mixed feelings. On the one hand, Brian Greene gives us a lucidly-written layman's-terms explanation for high-concept modern physics, providing an excellent survey of 20th century science and painting a vivid picture of a promising strategy for reconciling the discrepancies in the otherwise dominant theories. On the other hand, ab
Elyse Walters
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My local book club picked this book for our non-fiction month. I've been a part of this group- the largest-best Bay Area Book club!!!!

In the 5 years I been part of this group, I can't remember a more challenging book to fully understand. The superstring theory is 'taught' by Brian Green' for those of us with maybe a basic Physics level one course. I can't imagine understanding anything, without having had at least some High School or College physics. This book is not for everyone, yet it's Top N
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Greene's eminently readable attempt to explain the possibilities for string/superstrings to provide the linchpin for the long-awaited-and-desired merger of gravity with the two nuclear and electromagnetic forces into a Grand United Theory. Frankly, the entire idea of rolled up dimensions—of a universe containing perhaps ten, twelve, eighteen dimensions, of which we are only capable of perceiving four—is suitably mind-blowing and humbling at the same time; and although Greene's low-culture themed ...more
Daniel Clausen
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For most of my life, physics and the general sciences have seemed beyond me. At the same time, I've been lucky enough in high school and university to have instructors who are willing to let me "give science a try" in a not threatening way. This book is one such attempt to allow ordinary people to give science a try. In this book, you'll get a crash course in physics as an evolving subject, from the theory of gravity, to special relativity, to general relativity, to quantum mechanics, to string ...more
Jack Thornsberry
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book blew my mind countless times as I read through it, so much so that I could usually only read 10-20 pages in one sitting. I had physics in high school, watched Cosmos and tons of other programs on the universe/relativity/quantum physics etc. so I have always had an interest but not enough to have that be my profession - nor am I smart enough in that way. Books like this let you visit that world for a while and this author does a fantastic job explaining general and advanced physics, Ein ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘The Elegant Universe’ by Brian Greene is a general introduction to cosmology and string theory. It is a beautifully written book! However, it is not for beginners. I think some classes in physics or cosmology, or a long-time subscription to a magazine like New Scientist or Science News would be a necessary educational background before reading this book. So. As far as I can tell, the book is a five-star read in clarity and expert knowledge.

From Wikipedia, I learned Greene is a genuine scientist
 مولاي أرشيد أحمدو
كتاب ممتع إلى أقصى الحدود
لا يتطلب منك معرفة عميقة بالفيزياء
بل فقط يكفي الشغف حول معرفة هذا الكون الأنيق
Robin Wasserkaise
Mar 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who appreciate the Universe

This book presents the latest breakdown of empirical existance with string theory- it's really well written and it sugguest how the fundimentals of all existing things come together in a very similar way as our understanding of music (little vibrations). I love this subject because, where the goal of civilization is to appreciate life in some form of organized chaos, some well spoken theorists have the ability to put things into perspective in such a way that the world seems to teem with possibi
Dec 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this book while taking a course (for non-physics students) called Modern Physics in Perspective, which centered on string theory. I learned so, so, so much in this class & the book helped a lot. If you're reading this book unassisted, be aware that there are some very confusing sections that you'll need to read a few times. Sometimes his analogies are a bit too inane. Also, I've discovered that many physicists have an unhealthy obsession with their research pet projects- I'd advise th ...more
Physics books. Can I understand them properly? No. Am I still absolutely fascinated by them? Yes. String Theory. Do I understand it properly? Hell no. Am I fascinated by it? To the last detail.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first few chapters are fascinating as Greene recounts the history of modern physics, its departure from classical, Newtonian understanding. Then, he moves into string theory, and I found the arguments and explanations harder to follow. As Greene wrote the book just a few years after the Second Superstring Revolution, it makes sense that the arguments aren't as well-developed as those describing theories and experiments perfected and refined over the past 100 years or so. I really enjoyed the ...more
E' un Universo liquido

E' un Universo difficile, lavoro duro e destino incerto.
Dopo Zygmut Baumann, ci voleva anche la fisica quantistica a toglierci ogni certezza, immersi in un cosmo che funziona come un mantice, si gonfia e si sgonfia (forse), e noi in mezzo, a vivere chissà, forse più vite, su più dimensioni, arrotolate come bigodini o srotolate come tappeti.
Richard Feynman, guru della meccanica quantistica, disse “penso di poter affermare con sicurezza che nessuno capisce la meccanica quanti
Dec 16, 2013 marked it as to-read-first  ·  review of another edition
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Genia Lukin
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
I never really got the hang of String Theory. I find it awfully weird and almost nigh-unscientific. Not being a physicist, I try not to make judgments about it, since I clearly don't understand it one bit - at least on the math level! - but I have to say that Brian Greene didn't endear it to me.

I also fervently found myself wishing for the Nth time that science books were not so firmly divided between "professional, terrifying math texts" and "written for people who never figured out the Theory
João Vaz
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear God,

Will you ever allow us folks down here on Earth to come up with Einstein’s dream of a Theory of Everything (ToE)? The fact of the matter is that there are essentially two opposing theories upon which rests our knowledge of the universe: General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. That is, the world of the large and the world of the miniscule. But whenever we try to unify them, our calculations just fall short; or better, fall large!, for we bump into infinity.

Oh wait!, this book has jus
Silvia Sirea
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho sempre provato una forte curiosità nei confronti dell'universo. Sin da piccola, mi ponevo le più disparate domande sul mondo che ci circonda, sulle stelle, sui pianeti e sullo spazio infinito e mi divertivo ad immaginare le teorie più strampalate riguardo le leggi che governano l'universo. Purtroppo, nonostante questo, non ho una mente particolarmente adatta allo studio delle materie scientifiche e quindi non sono diventata, ahimè, una scienziata, ma almeno ora so cosa voglio fare nella mia p ...more
Nada Khaled
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الحقيقة ليست سوى وهم، لكنه وهم ثابت.
هذا الكتاب رائع إلى حد يعجز معه الوصف ..
- الفيزياء بالنسبة لى لا تمثل مجرد قراءة فقط أو هواية بل تمثل لى أستكشاف عوالم مجهرية وعوالم مجهولة، إذا أستطاع العقل البشرى أحتوائها كاملةً سينفجر كسوبر نوفا يملأ الجو بمعلومات مهولة خارج إطار المألوف .
براين غرين عبقرى فى تبسيط وتوضيح المعلومات، بالرغم من أنه تحدث عن النسبية وبداية الكون ونشأته كلها فى أول كم فصل، وتناول الكتاب الفصول الباقية كلها ميكانيكا الكم، ونظرية الأوتار الفائقة، إلا أننى تكونت عندى خلفية لا ب
Mohamed al-Jamri
This is the first book by Brian Greene that I read. The first chapters were amazing and engaging, however later chapters about string theory were very hard for me to understand and I actually didn't finish the whole book, because I could not understand what I was reading.

The author uses many metaphors to make his ideas simpler. He starts with a very easy to understand telling of history of scientific discoveries reaching to the theory of general relativity and quantum physics and the unification
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Greene had put all his efforts to write this book as much simple as he can and he succeeded to do so.The way he describes the technical terms in this book with such a great simplicity is really very appreciating.Several examples are also taken into account to profoundly explain some of the subtle concepts in this book.It takes us back to Relativity and then to Quantum Mechanics before proceeding to String Theory.It is hard to tell whether I believe in String Theory or not. There are ample ...more
عبداللطيف ولدعبدالله
من أفضل وأهم الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي. الالقوانين الجديدة للجاذبية جعلت من العالم يغير من نظرته الكلاسيكية عن عالم الفيزياء و عملت على تغيير مفهومنا ونظرتنا للكون. نظرية الأوتار الفائقة مكنت الفيزيائيين الاقتراب من نظرية موحدة سميت -M هذه النظرية التي تسمى نظرية كل شيء و قد تفوقت على ميكانيكا الكم التي لم تدمج الجاذبية في حساباتها. نظرية -M لم تكتمل بعد لعدم مقدرة الفيزيائيين على تصورها في شكلها النهائي فمازال البحث طويلا ولكن بالمقابل دمجت القوى الأربع- الجاذبية . القوى الضعيفة . القوى القوي ...more
Majo's Library.
Readers who have not discovered Greene should no waste one minute more!
Temel aldığı konular üzerine yazılmış en önemli en azından Türkçe çevirisi yapılanlar arasında en önemli eserlerden biri. Yalnız benzer bazı ünlü örneklerle karşılaştırıldığında pek çok bölümünde belli bir altyapı bekleyen bir kitap olduğunu belirtmek gerek. Captain Fantastic filminde kızlardan biri bu kitabı okuyordu diye hatırlıyorum.
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Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist and one of the best-known string theorists. He has been a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University since 1996. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public and a related PBS television special.
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