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# The Little Book of String Theory

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*The Little Book of String Theory*offers a short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today. String theory has been called the "theory of everything." It seeks to describe all the fundamental forces of nature. It encompasses gravity and quantum mechanics in one unifying theory. But it is unproven and fraught with contro ...more

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Hardcover, 174 pages

Published
March 18th 2010
by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2010)

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In a 150 page book for laymen,you should not be able to get your audience to the point the they can understand sentences like "...D5-branes are exchanged with solitonic 5-branes, and D3-branes are unaffected by the duality..."

Actually, you should never write sentences like that. Real articles don't even say things like that. If they do, then it is something like "GiantEquation... where the variables XYZ are exchanged to form GiantEquation..."

This dude somehow thought he just tran ...more

I can imagine that for readers with aphantasia this might prove to be a chore, so they might want to skip it altogether. The ones who live to love imagining quirky stuff would benefit from it greatly.

Gubser's writing style is strangely conversational and inviting, clearly aiming at the ...more

This book starts with a brief introduction to the basic laws of physics, and the search for an ultimate theory to explain the physical reality. When the author starts describing the string theory, things get complicated. The reader must bear in mind that this is not an easy field to appreciate since it involves multi-dimensions of space and one time dimension; string theory has 26 dimensions, and superstring theory has 10 dimensions. Besides this, the fundamental ...more

at least the cover is nice!

Jun 30, 2017
mikayla bree
rated it
really liked it

Recommends it for:
people who like physics

Shelves:
didn-t-finish,
read-in-2017

I enjoy the Gubser's narration, and the content of the book engrosses me. However, I've reached a point in this novel where I can't fully understand everything and will most likely revisit this at a later date when I'm further along in school.
...more

That aside, the ...more

As a side note - his climbing/mountaineering analogies feel eerie and prophetic after his tragic, untimely death ...more

Coming from a physics perspective, it seemed like too much was trying to be explained in too brief a time with not enough depth?

I also feel due to how fleetingly the tops are explored it wouldn't be good for someone without a science background, even though it is lacking 'scary' equations.

Overall, it is what it is, a little book on string theory, now I want to find one that really goes in depth on these to ...more

Having finished a beautiful, elegant popular-level explanation of the main competing quantum gravity theory to strings - LQG - I wanted to be fair and look (once again) into what the deal is with those damn strings and whether anything worthwhile has been dug up recently. However, not wanting to waste too much time on a theory I’m not sure I buy, I decided to go with this, well,

*little*book on string theory.

It, however, ...more

Apr 26, 2019
Henry Sloan
rated it
really liked it

Recommends it for:
People with a bit of particle physics background

Bottom line: Coming in with cursory knowledge of particle physics, expect for your answer to the question "Do you know about {insert string theory concept here}?" to go from "no" to "yes, I'm familiar". Do not, however, expect to give any "yes"'s.

This book is a solid, unassuming introduction to string theory and elementary quantum/particle physics. I began reading this book with an intermediate non-academic understanding of quantum mechanics (years of googling and Sixty Symbols, barely any math ...more

This book is a solid, unassuming introduction to string theory and elementary quantum/particle physics. I began reading this book with an intermediate non-academic understanding of quantum mechanics (years of googling and Sixty Symbols, barely any math ...more

In a lot of other reviews, people have said that the book was very bogged down in analogies, and that it was a poorly written account about good content. I would slightly disagree with that - I guess it depends on whether you get on well with analogies or not, as I found them extremely useful, esp ...more

My strongest impression about the book is its elegance, which probably is owing to the author's personality. It's extremely difficult to talk about least accessible topics like String theory in such a short book, but Steven ...more

Unfortunately, when the topic was unfamiliar to me, it was very easy to lose the thre ...more

If you are a grad student in physics or someone who already knows the fundamentals of string theory, ignore this comment, this book will be a very enjoyable read. But if you're new to the world of string theory or perhaps even the world of physics, you will have a hard time comprehending the concepts in this book. The author has done reasonably well at keeping mathematical equations out of this book, but you simply cannot expect a 200-page book ...more

The author seems to be in a category of former. There are sections which were lucid clear but some that are just about comprehensible from a lay perspective.

Personally, statements like 'but I wont try to explain them completely' seems to emphasize authors insistence on the elegance of string t ...more

I got no sense of why string theory is supposed to be beautiful, or even what problems it is attempting to solve and why no other theory is as good a candidate as string theory to solve those problems. Nor did I get a sense of why it is not successful yet, except that it is really difficult to make a pop science book out of.

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Steven Scott Gubser (May 4, 1972 – August 3, 2019) was a professor of physics at Princeton University.

His research focused on theoretical particle physics, especially string theory, and the AdS/CFT correspondence. He was a widely cited scholar in these and other related areas.

Gubser did foundational work in the AdS/CFT correspondence as a graduate student. In particular, his 1998 paper Gauge Theor ...more

His research focused on theoretical particle physics, especially string theory, and the AdS/CFT correspondence. He was a widely cited scholar in these and other related areas.

Gubser did foundational work in the AdS/CFT correspondence as a graduate student. In particular, his 1998 paper Gauge Theor ...more

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